Under the pen of award-winning author, Neil Gaiman, you know that those seemingly disparate elements will make for a compelling story.
Heck, if you’ve read any of his comic book stories, let along his novels, it sounds a lot like the stuff you probably have in your long box collection: The Sandman, Stardust, Miracleman and Death: The High Cost of Living.
But this time, we’re talking about his Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy and Nebula Award-winning novel, American Gods – which, finally, gets adapted into the comic book forum in a new monthly series from Dark Horse Comics.
And the writer and artists behind that adaptation are as star-powered as the author who penned the original prose.
Today sees the release of American Gods: Shadows #1!
American Gods: Shadows #1
Written By: Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
Illustrated By: Scott Hampton
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Adapted directly from the novel by award-winning writer and artist and fan favourite, P. Craig Russell (Killraven, Elric, Stardust, The Sandman), along with renowned and award-winning artist, Scott Hampton (Simon Dark, Batman: Night Cries), American Gods: Shadows is an ongoing, monthly series, with a definite end in mind.
American Gods is the story of Shadow, a convict recently released from prison, who finds himself on the road across American as the bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday – a man who seems to know quite a bit about Shadow.
This is an America, Shadow learns, full of magic and mysticism, death and rebirth.
Gods exist, you see, but only if you believe in them. And Mr. Wednesday is the key to the coming battle between the old Gods of lore and the new Gods of the twenty-first century. And Shadow stands directly in the middle of that clash!
American Gods, the novel, will also be seen as a television series on Starz in the near future. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know the drama, excitement and joy that the story brings. Here, in comic book form, you get to see the fantastic visuals of Scott Hampton as he brings Gaiman’s and Russell’s words and pacing to visual life with pencils, inks, paints and wash.
You can catch a three-page preview of the first issue right here.
Go on a magical comic book road trip across the continent. Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up American Gods: Shadows #1!