Hoping to prove to readers that Black Label will pick up where Vertigo left off, DC announced the high-fantasy series The Last God on Friday. The comic takes inspiration from classic titles like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Magic: The Gathering, according to the series’ letterer and DC veteran Tom Napolitano.
He’s joined by writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Last Sons of America, Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal), artist Riccardo Federici (AQUAMAN, DARK NIGHTS: METAL-THE MURDER MACHINE) and colorist Dean White (ALL-STAR BATMAN, AMERICAN CARNAGE). Together, they’ll tell a generational story of The Last God’s downfall. Or what everyone thought was his downfall.
30 years ago, a band of adventurers claimed to have killed the demon who the series is named after. Their children are the first to discover they lied to the whole world. They take it upon themselves to finish the job – and solve the mystery.
Here’s what the creative team has to say.
“This is a terrifying horror story told in a stunning epic-fantasy world. Set in two different generations, it follows a mighty fellowship of heroes that travels beyond the borders of creation to kill a god, and the next generation, who learn their predecessors aren’t the heroes the world believes them to be,” says Johnson.
“This series features mind-blowing, terrifying art by Riccardo Federici, colorist Dean White, and letterer Tom Napolitano, three absolute geniuses in their fields, and epic world-building so deep and rich that it exists beyond the bounds of the page. Fans of D&D, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Magic: The Gathering, and anyone who enjoys deep-dives into fantasy lore: you will be extremely well-served with The Last God. Stay tuned!”
“When I was asked to draw this series I was so excited, both because I love the fantasy genre, especially when there are horror connotations, but also because it was an opportunity to graphically create a new world,” says artist Federici. “Everyone on the team and at DC has shown me such confidence and I am so thankful.”
The Last God hits shelves on October 30 and we’ve got a first look at interior art, covers and even – brace yourselves – a map. It will be a 12 issue maxi-series.