Josh Vann and Simone D’Armini Kickstarted a comic about Vikings having a run-in with a crashed starship and an alien warlord.  The Spider King ended up winning a 2017 Bronze Ledger award in Australia and now IDW is issuing it to the Direct Market as a 4-issue mini-series.
More than just a clash of genres, The Spider King is a classic Viking saga, about loyalty, family, honour, and revenge,” explains writer Josh Vann.  “At the root of this story is Hrolf, the reluctant king of the Laxdales, who is on a quest to avenge his father and kill his Uncle Aarek. But Hrolf’s plans are complicated when Aarek is possessed by a bloodthirsty alien parasite, hell-bent on destruction.”
The Beat is happy to bring you the exclusive solicitation announcement, plus some sample pages and the covers.

The Spider King #1 (of 4)—Cover A: Simone D’Armini—SPOTLIGHT
Josh Vann (w) • Simone D’Armini (a & c) • Adrian Bloch (colorist)

When a fleet of spaceships crashes into northern Europe in 956 AD, a group of unlikely Viking heroes are the last line of defense against a brutal intergalactic warlord. Equal parts science fiction and fantasy, The Spider King follows the adventures of Viking warriors as they defend their world against alien invaders armed with futuristic technology and impossible weapons.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 2/28/18


The Spider King #1 (of 4)—Cover B: Afu Chan—SPOTLIGHT
Josh Vann (w) • Simone D’Armini (a) • Afu Chan (c) • Adrian Bloch (colorist)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 2/28/18

*Retailer incentives:
                        Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Skottie Young! 

Bullet points:

  • Vikings vs. aliens!
  • Issue #1 features 26 pages of story!
  • Reprinting the critically acclaimed, award-nominated Kickstarter graphic novel!
  • Perfect for fans of VikingsConan the Barbarian, or Hellboy!


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