Super Sunday (Part 6): Previewing ‘Kingmaker: A World Lost’ Sees A Wizard, An Ork And A Dryad Princess Fighting To Try And Save Their World…
by Richard Bruton
Kingmaker is a delicious blending of the worlds of fantasy and sci-fi, parts The Lord of the Rings, parts War of the Worlds, but it’s also a work that delivers far more than the sum of its derivative parts. This wears its influences on its sleeve and then takes things higher and better, with creators Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher delivering a fine, fine thing.
Kingmaker: A World Lost is out on 5th March and it’s high time to give you a preview.
The inhabitants of the Nine Kingdoms have liberated their world from Ichnar the Wraith King. But worse was to come, with the alien Thorn, intent on strip-mining the magic from their world. That’s the set-up for the world of Kingmaker, a strip collected for the first time here, fresh from the pages of 2000AD.
And faced with the alien threat, old enmities are put aside and new alliances forged. And one such surprising group is the Wizard Ablard, ork Crixus, and the dryad Princess Yarrow, who’ve set aside their differences and look to use the Ebora world spirit against the extra-terrestrial threat.
But the Thorn have agents everywhere, hunting down sources of magic, traitors to their world.
And thus begins a quest, to bring the fight to the Thorn and free the world anew.
Frankly, Kingmaker could have been a simple The Lord of the Rings, but guided by Edginton and Gallagher, it’s so much more entertaining than that, so much more than a simple fantasy quest. Yes, it’s that.
Yes, it’s a tale of a group of misfits thrown together, but it’s more than that as well. It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s wonderfully entertaining, a delicious mix of fantasy and sci-fi.
And now, just to ease you in and give you a perfect intro to the world, the cast, the fun you’ll find in here, a special Comicon preview of Kingmaker: A World Lost volume 1.
Kingmaker: A World Lost – written by Ian Edginton, art by Leigh Gallagher, letters by Ellie De Ville. Published by 2000 AD on 5 March 2020.
Kingmaker: A World Lost Volume 1 features material from the first two stories, originally serialised in Progs 2011-2022 and 2123-2135.