American Gods is coming to television in 2017, but that’s not the only adaptation Neil Gaiman’s hit novel will see next year. Gaiman announced today that his popular novel will also be adapted into a comic series.
While Gaiman has roots in comics (he’s the writer behind the celebrated Sandman series) he won’t be writing the American Gods series for Dark Horse comics. Writer P. Craig Russell and illustrator Scott Hampton have been tapped for the project, with Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown providing cover art. Russell and Gaiman have worked together on many previous projects, including The Sandman, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.
“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,” Gaiman said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, which broke the news Wednesday morning. “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 is a fantasy story steeped in mythology that follows ex-con Shadow Moon as he gets mired in a war between the old gods and the new. The cover of the first of 27 issues shows the Buffalo Man that visits Shadow in his dreams.
You can expect the first American Gods comic to hit store shelves on March 15.