Riot Games and Marvel Entertainment are teaming up to produce a series of League of Legends comics and graphic novels, with the first title – League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother – set to debut digitally next month.
Telling the origin story of one of the first LoL champions, League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother will be released monthly on digital platforms from 19 December, before being released as a graphic novel in May 2019. The comic book debut of Riot senior narrative designer and writer Odin Austin Shafer, Ashe: Warmother features artwork by Heavy Vinyl’s Nina Vakueva and is the first in a series of comics exploring the world of Runeterra.
“Many fans of the Marvel Universe and comics share their interests and passion for storytelling with the gaming community,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C. B. Cebulski. “League of Legends is one of the most well-known games in the industry, and their unique world and extensive roster of rich characters and are a perfect fit for comic books. We’re excited to partner with Riot and help build the League of Legends Universe for fans and players around the world.”
“We love comics as a way to tell stories because it gives League of Legends fans an opportunity to see the world of Runeterra and not just read about it,” said Greg Street, Head of Creative Development at Riot Games. “We see similarities between the League of Legends Universe and the Marvel Universe, as both of them feature an array of characters with compelling and diverse backgrounds. Marvel’s success at developing a world through comics and creating great stories is industry-defining, and we’re thrilled to be working with them to bring our own stories to life.”