Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing have announced their latest official Dungeons & Dragons comic book, and the creative team is composed of two very familiar faces for Geek & Sundry fans! B. Dave Walters of L.A. By Night and Ask Your Black Geek Friend is writing, and Tess Fowler, Critter extraordinaire and occasional guest on The Wednesday Club and Gather Your Party, is doing pencils.
Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish is set for release in early 2019, and Dave and Tess chatted with us a little about the upcoming title.
The five-issue mini-series is set in the Forgotten Realms, revealed the book announcement:
When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. Young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors. This is the first chapter in all-new 5-part fantasy epic set in the Forgotten Realms.
“The comic is going to show a group of friends growing together and further apart over a number of years,” Dave tells us. “A streaming show is in the works, too. It’s by no means a done deal, but hopefully we’ll get to focus on their adventures in those years in between, all while giving us a much deeper insight into who they are, and what they mean to each other.”
If your ears perked up at the mention of a new official D&D streaming show, it’s a little early to reveal too much information, says Dave, but he’s definitely excited about seeing it come together.
“I have to be vague until we get everyone signed, but you’re definitely going to see some people you know and love. Tess Fowler and I created these characters and now they’re like my babies, and I wouldn’t trust them to just anyone to play!”
Tess and Dave worked closely together to create a diverse cast of characters, and she found inspiration in years of comic and commission work and a love of fantasy.
“I’ve been designing fantasy characters for most of my life,” Tess tells Geek & Sundry. “It’s what I do for fun, to relax. I also have a passion for fantasy art from the 80s. Always have. If you cracked open my phone right now, it’s a mess of image galleries full of movie costume materials, production stills, fantasy cover art, and historical reference.”
The scope and scale of the project, in both real life and in story, are what set it apart from most other D&D comic book adventures.
“The five issue series will cover decades of time, helping us understand these characters on a level that most stories don’t ever dive into,” Dave says. “You’ll get to see the scared boy living inside the legendary warrior, and the Archmage sleeping inside the heart of a young girl. More than anything, we’ve set out to make this story an epic, a grand adventure that fans of Dungeons & Dragons will never forget!”
We’ve seen some different sides Faerûn in recent comic book storytelling, and Tess feels right at home in just about any setting of Dungeons & Dragons.
“I’ve been comfortable in the worlds of D&D since I was 7 and watched my siblings play it weekly around my older sister’s kitchen table,” she says. “This is my home turf.”
The creative team pairing of Tess and Dave brings together two lifetimes of role-playing game experience, masterful storytelling, and a genuine joy and love of both comic books and the worlds of D&D.
“Part of the glory and power of Dungeons and Dragons is seeing heroes grow from children to people capable of stopping time and working miracles, but most groups never get there,” Dave says. “The comic medium allows us to show what these heroes are capable of in an intense and visceral way, and Tess’ artwork will make sure the readers feel every single impact. I really can’t wait for you to see it!”
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Comic Images: Wizards of the Coast / IDW Publishing (Art by Tess Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain)