KIERON GILLEN Reimagines 'JUMANJI as Horror' for Image's DIE with STEPHANIE HANS

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Credit: Stephanie Hans (Image Comics)
Credit: Stephanie Hans (Image Comics)

Kieron Gillen and Stephane Hans are launching a new ongoing creator-owned series titled Die. Scheduled to launch this December from Image Comics, Die explores tabletop RPG gaming tropes through a player's perpective - with Gillen comparing it to Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's examination of superheroes in Planetary.

Credit: Stephanie Hans (Image Comics)

"Role-playing games are part of the cultural conversation in a way they haven't been since the 1980s. I suspect Die is going to sit a little apart from most of it, especially the comics," Gillen told The Hollywood Reporter. "Most of the Dungeons & Dragons comics either are straight satires or leaning into the fun and games of those memories. We're a lot bleaker. It's me, so it's still playful, but I take fantasy games as seriously as I take pop music and this is a product of that.

"Fundamentally, it's a book about a group of adults who realize their lives have not measured up to their teenage hopes, merged with a Planetary-esque examination of everything that lead fed into D&D (And how D&D took over the world's conception of fantasy.)" Gillen continued. "That's pretty heavy, and necessary, and its timeliness adds to the sense that it really needs to be done."

Credit: Stephanie Hans (Image Comics)

Gillen and Hans previously worked together on Marvel's Journy into Mystery and Image's The Wicked + The Divine.

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