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