Get Lost in the Shadows in UMBRAL
Posted on April 21, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman
A dark fantasy epic begins in new graphic novel
These are dark times in Strakhelm, but almost none of the realm’s subjects know that they are living under a shadow. The royal family has been slaughtered by shapeshifting nightmare creatures called the Umbral, and the only witness is a young girl — a thief named Rascal. In UMBRAL VOLUME ONE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, coming from Image Comics in May, the monsters of legend of risen and Rascal’s only hope to save Strakhelm just may lie in the forbidden practice of spellcasting and magic.
Writer Antony Johnston (THE FUSE, Wasteland) and artist Christopher Mitten (Wasteland) create a fully realized world in UMBRAL — from the palace perched atop a sheer cliff, to the haunts of drunks and smugglers, to the caves of Strakhelm’s labyrinthine underworld. The scope of UMBRAL is set to broaden, too, as Rascal and her friends — a foul-mouthed female smuggler, a doubting scholar, and a mysterious wizard — embark on a desperate mission across the realm to destroy the source of the Umbral’s power, even as the monsters close in on them.
UMBRAL’s richly painted art, engaging characters, and masterful world-building create a story that fans of dark fantasy stories like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal will lose themselves in. Its first volume, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, collects the first six issues and will be in comic book stores on May 28 and bookstores on June 10.
UMBRAL VOLUME ONE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Antony Johnston, Christopher Mitten, John Rauch, and Jordan Boyd
- ISBN 978-1-60706-974-4
- 168 pages, full color, paperback
- In comic book stores May 28, in bookstores on June 10
- Collects issues #1-6 of UMBRAL
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January 28, 2015
"IF IT BLEEDS" Yeah, you read it right. New Year's Eve, last day of the year. That's when we decide to publish the last issue of Book Two, probably the most important issue of UMBRAL yet. It's just how we roll. (Seriously, you'll want this one. It's kind of climactic.)
November 26, 2014
“IN NOBODY WE TRUST” Only Rascal can save...Shayim and Munty?! But not before she decides it’s time for a pretty drastic change. And that’s not even mentioning what she sees in the blade, or who follows her into the woods. It’s time to stand and fight!
October 29, 2014
"THERE, IN THE GLEAMING…" Rascal gets in trouble. So what else is new? ...Well, the Mistwalker finally lives up to its name, Dalone finds something that shouldn't exist in the darkness, and you won't believe who's in the cage. Stick that in your Oculus and smoke it.
September 24, 2014
"TWISTING THE KNIFE" The Redguard are closing in, the Kin are on the trail, and the Wodelings aren't letting their new prisoners out of their sight! But even a simple trip through the forest is anything but simple in the world of UMBRAL--as Rascal is about to find out!
August 20, 2014
"WHAT WHISPERS IN A WODE" What indeed! But don't worry, you'll find out soon enough -- after some sword-fighting, horse-stealing, spooky-forestriding, soldier-tracking, nightmare-enduring, and corpsefinding, of course! Also: a teensy bit of Mistwalker. See how nice we are to you?
July 16, 2014
“KILLING THE SUNRISE” BOOK TWO STARTS HERE! Rascal has escaped the Umbral in the city (uh, spoilers?) and now she heads for the mountainous Sunrise homestead. But even here not everyone is who they seem, and before the dawn a blade will flash in the dark...
April 30, 2014
"CHASING SHADOWS" THE CONCLUSION TO BOOK ONE! Rascal runs from the Redguard's clutches—but it will cost her more than she can imagine! Where can she go? Who can she trust? Are you sure? Because nothing seems certain any more. And by the end of this issue, nobody will be above suspicion!
March 26, 2014
"THE MYTH OF HISTORY"
Did you really think we could get through five issues without doing a bit of "now harken ye to these olde legends?" Then you haven't been paying attention. There are clues in here! Important ones! And gods fighting with swords, too, if you like that sort of thing. Some do.
January 22, 2014
"BLOOD FROM A STONE"
Nightmare shadow creatures, murdered Kings, slaughtered smugglers, mysterious hobos, mythical gems, and stone guardians — it can only be UMBRAL, the incredibly rich new fantasy world from Wasteland creators ANTONY JOHNSTON and CHRISTOPHER MITTEN! Join Rascal as she fights to uncover the truth... and to stay alive!