In a movie that combines the efforts of arguably the world's biggest publisher of comics and the most popular multiplayer online game of it's time, Marvel and Riot Games announced today that they will publish graphic novels based on the game. The first volume will be written by Odin Austin Shafer with art by Nina Vakueva and letters by Cardinal Rae. League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother will be released monthly on digital retailers starting on December 19th, with more to follow in 2019. The full press release can be found below.
The first full-length comic series in the League of Legends universe, delivering an epic journey through the Freljord!
Raised in the savage wilds of the north, Ashe is an Iceborn, a warrior gifted with a magical connection to her frozen homeland--and burdened by her mother’s fanatical expectations. When they set out on a dangerous quest for the truth behind an ancient myth, bonds are broken, secrets come to light, and Runeterra is forever changed. Will young Ashe become the leader her people need? Or is destiny merely an empty dream?
Marvel Entertainment and Riot Games are excited to announce a collaboration that will bring League of Legends stories to comics and graphic novels!
Kicking off with League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother – an origin story of one of the first League of Legends champions – players and comic fans alike will explore the world of Runeterra and dive into stories about their favorite characters. League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother issues will be released monthly on digital platforms beginning December 19, followed by a graphic novel published by Marvel and Riot in May 2019.
“Many fans of the Marvel Universe and comics share their interests and passion for storytelling with the gaming community,” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “League of Legends is one of the most well-known games in the industry, and their unique world and extensive roster of rich characters and are a perfect fit for comic books. We’re excited to partner with Riot and help build the League of Legends Universe for fans and players around the world.”
“We love comics as a way to tell stories because it gives League of Legends fans an opportunity to see the world of Runeterra and not just read about it,” said Greg Street, Head of Creative Development at Riot Games. “We see similarities between the League of Legends Universe and the Marvel Universe, as both of them feature an array of characters with compelling and diverse backgrounds. Marvel's success at developing a world through comics and creating great stories is industry-defining, and we're thrilled to be working with them to bring our own stories to life."