Games Workshop and Marvel Comics are teaming up to deliver a brand new brand of comics based on the Warhammer universe. Titled Warhammer Comics, the series will involve using both the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar brand names to publish comic series based on the two popular tabletop franchises.
Games Workshop was excited to announce the partnership on their blog post on the Warhammer Community page. “As everyone knows, Marvel Comics are the name behind many of the world’s best-loved super hero characters”, states the blog post. “With more than 80 years of comics experience, Marvel has built an amazing reputation for bringing together the best comic book writers and artists to forge stories that span generations. It’s not for nothing that Marvel has cemented itself as a household name.”
The Warhammer brand is the flagship franchise of tabletop wargames from Games Workshop, which was established in 1975 by John Peake, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. Games Workshop started as an importer of Dungeons & Dragons games to England, along with the manufacturing of popular boardgames such as Backgammon.
Warhammer Fantasy Battles, now branded as Age of Sigmar, was launched in 1983, which became an instant hit in the tabletop wargaming scene. The success of Warhammer Fantasy Battles prompted Games Workshop also launched Warhammer 40,000 in 1987, and the Lord of the Rings Fantasy Battle Game in 2001.
The Warhammer Franchise has spawned countless products, from tabletop accessories, board games, video games and novels. There have also been comic books previously published for the franchise over the years. They previously had their own independent comic book division, Black Library, before transitioning to independent publishers such as Boom! Studios and Titan Comics. The deal with Marvel will be the first time Games Workshop will partner with a massive publisher for their comic books.
No details have been given regarding which franchise will be the first comic, other than the planned 2020 release.
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