While the old adage about not judging a book by its cover is obviously not without merit, sometimes in comics there are instances where you can probably make a pretty good guess just from that outward appearance. Such is the case with the cover of Birdking, coming from Dark Horse later this year by Daniel Freedman and CROM (whose work we originally covered way back in his self-publishing days). More details in the press release below.
THE BIRDKING LANDS AT DARK HORSE COMICS
A New Dark Fantasy from the Creators of ‘Raiders’
From the creators of the hit graphic novel Raiders, Daniel Freedman and CROM, comes an original dark fantasy graphic novel of epic adventure and magic in Birdking Volume 1, from Dark Horse Comics.
Bianca, teenage apprentice to an infamous arcane blacksmith, is forced to flee her homeland and seek out Atlas, a fabled land of light ruled by “the clean god.” She is joined by a mysterious guardian spirit known only as the “BirdKing”. Together they will have to overcome dozens of enemies to reach Atlas and along the way, unravel the mystery of the BirdKing and their ancestral connection.
“Birdking has been living in my head for years, invading my thoughts and waiting for the right story that would bring him to life in the only way a wraith of his caliber deserves. Fire, magic, undead champions, necromancers, skulls and fat swords, this book has it all. I can’t imagine a better playground to lark about in. I’m loving it.” —CROM
“When CROM came to me after Raiders with the Birdking, the entire epic unfolded in such an organic way I did not believe it. Our collaboration has never been stronger and while we have thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring this vast and distinct fantasy world, we cannot wait for readers to gain access and bask in the glory that is Birdking.” —Daniel Freedman
Birdking Volume 1 trade paperback will be available everywhere books are sold September 13, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Birdking: Volume 1 will retail for $19.99.