Marvel and Riot Games are teaming up to bring League of Legends to comics.
Announced through a press release, the first project will be League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother. This will act as an origin story of Ashe, one of the first League of Legends champions. Written by Riot Games’ Odin Austin Shafer with art by Nina Vakueva, it will reportedly deliver an “epic journey through the Freljord.”
Ashe, an Iceborn raised in the savage wilds of the north, is burdened by her mother’s expectations. The two set out on a dangerous quest searching for the truth behind an ancient myth, forever changing Runeterra in the process. Ashe: Warmother will be released monthly on digital platforms beginning December 19, and will be followed by a full, physical graphic novel 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.”
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