Image Comics Announces High Fantasy Ongoing ‘The Last Barbarians’ And A First Look

by Olly MacNamee

Brian Haberlin and Geirrod Van Dyke are back together again with an all-new, sword and sorcery smasher  The Last Barbarians from Image Comic/Shadowline. And imprint I’d almost forgotten about, if I’m honest. Launching, February 2023.

“You’d think in a fantastic world full of giants, magic, and flying fish, it would be a world of possibility. But you’d be dead wrong here! Sylv is a jack of all trades; she can fight with the best of them, pick most pockets, and even cast a third-level spell or two. It’s too bad for her that if you aren’t a member of a guild, you are persona non grata: completely outcast from adventuring. That might be fine, except she has her disabled seven-foot-tall brother to take care of. If she can’t find a job to support them both, they’ll be dead in a ditch in a matter of weeks. So now her only hope is a quest from a sketchy cleric who promises only a true hero can save the day. Sylv has a lot of skills…and she’ll need them all to survive this hero’s journey!”

Haberlin said ahead if the new ongoing series debuting next year:

“I’m so excited to be writing a story that is essentially a D&D campaign. I’m a huge fan and player of tabletop games, and that flavor of fantasy is so fun to work with. Especially with the added spice and feel of some of Terry Pratchett’s work. It’s going to be big, wild and fun but with some strong character at the story’s heart. Pick it up…you won’t be sorry!”

Van Dyke added:

“When I was young, I was captivated by Delcourt graphic novels like Aquablue and Terres D’Ombre and I always hoped I would get to work on a high fantasy project and capture some of that same magic. The themes and images that we have planned I’m hopeful will excite our readers!”

The Last Barbarians #1will be available on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023. And, I must say, it looks pretty lush from this first look. A touch of old-school Metal Hurlant with modern era sensibilities. Maybe worth talking to your local comic book store to avid disappointment?

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