NYCC: Dark Horse Brings ‘American Gods’ to Comics

Doug Trein

Dark Horse Comics announced an upcoming adaptation of American Gods, the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, into comic book form.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is an awarding winning book that tells the existence of gods and mythical creatures in society. American Gods will be the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by other graphic novel adaptations such as How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, and Forbidden Brides.

Starz will also premiere an American Gods TV show in spring 2017, adapted by Bryan Fuller (NBC’s Hannibal, CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery).

Comic Creation

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Dark Horse tapped P. Craig Russell (The Sandman: The Dream Hunters)—who, having worked on Coraline and The Graveyard Book, is no stranger to adapting Neil Gaiman’s work. Scott Hampton (Hellboy, Batman) lends his illustrative skills to the complex world Gaiman created.

Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and Adam Brown (Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens) create the goregeous cover art. David Mack (Kabuki, Fight Club 2) and Dave McKean (Black Dog, Cages) provide variant covers for the first issue. The American Gods comic series will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson (Thor), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Colleen Doran (The Sandman), and more.

American Gods creator Neil Gaiman stated his excitement about the upcoming adaptations.

“There’s a tremendous amount of excitement, in my house and in the world, about the American Gods TV series coming up on Starz. What we’ve managed to keep a secret until now is that there is something just as exciting out there: American Gods, the comic. I’ve been watching P. Craig Russell breaking down the book into comic form, watching Scott Hampton painting the pages, watching Glenn Fabry create the covers, and grinning to myself with delight because the American Gods comic is going to be an astonishing, faithful, and beautiful adaptation.”

American Gods Comic Details
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American Gods: Shadows #1 finds Shadow Moon released from jail only to discover his wife has died. Broken and uncertain about his future, Shadow Moon meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard. This fateful decision thrusts Shadow into a deadly supernatural world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.

Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows will be released on March 15, 2017.

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Doug Trein
Doug Trein is a staff contributor at Fandom and focuses primarily on video games and animated television shows. His game genre favorites include strategy and turn-based role-playing games, first-person shooters, 2D fighting games, and action/adventure titles.