During New York Comic-Con, we told you about Dark Horse and CD Projekt RED's plans for a Witcher comic with all new stories, and now that the comic is closer to release, previews of the first issue are out.
Traveling near the edge of the Black Forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass—which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.
Writer Paul Tobin spoke with CBR recently about the project, telling readers that this first story would be an introduction to Geralt so new readers won't have an entire fantasy world shoved at them at once.
We keep that focus entirely on Geralt for this story, staying away from the great wash of the politics in the "Witcher" world. He definitely is in that world, but we'd like that world to expand organically in the hopeful upcoming projects. It would have been too overwhelming to introduce the entire world at once to the new readers, so it's a foundation we're focused on, here.
Tobin mentioned the difficulty in creating stories in worlds created by others, or in Geralt's case, the ease of working in Sapkowski's world.
...both novelist Andrzej Sapkowski and game-makers ProjektRed have done a amazing job of having Geralt be a character in a world, rather than the far less satisfying "character with a world around them." When a character lives in a whole world, rather than just having a set of circumstances revolve around them, the toy box is so vast that there is plenty of breathing room for other stories.
And he offers up much of the credit to the story to artist Joe Querio, finding his art style a perfect match for the story they are telling.
Atmosphere. Atmosphere. Atmosphere. Joe's images perfectly control the mood. He depicts Geralt's world as a place with beauty, with desolation, with warmth, cold, the natural and the unnatural -- everything's there -- but there's also a pervasive sense of weight to his drawings: that moment when the forest goes quiet, when the back of your neck has a chill, and you know that something -- something -- is going to happen.
The Witcher #1 (of 5) Miniseries
Writer - Paul Tobin
Artist - Joe Querio
Colorist - Carlos Badilla and Dan Panosian
Cover - Dave Johnson
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