The death of the last unicorn sends the world into darkness in Rich Douek + Gavin Smith’s ‘Heartpiercer’

Dark Horse Comics will publish the miniseries beginning in May.

Drive Like Hell writer Rich Douek will team with artists Gavin Smith and Nicholas Burgdorf on Heartpiercer, a new miniseries coming from Dark Horse Comics later this year. They’ll be joined by letterer Justin Birch.

In the story, a monster hunter named Atala is tricked into killing the last unicorn, plunging the world into darkness.

“Fantasy is the first genre I fell in love with as a reader,” Douek said. “And my earliest work in comics is deeply rooted in it. In a lot of ways, Heartpiercer is a return to my roots as a writer; an epic, dark fantasy about love, vengeance and coming to terms with the sins of your past. I can’t wait for readers to see the world we’ve built.”

More details from Dark Horse:

Atala thought she was saving the world from monsters, but hunting great supernatural beasts brought doom instead. Tricked into killing the last unicorn, betrayed by her lord and left for dead, Atala awakens in a dark world overrun by nightmares. Broken and ashamed, now Atala seeks revenge, and rises to save the world from darkness. 

Heartpiercer is the type of comic I’ve wanted to make for a long time,” Smith said. “Being able to dive into the world of horror and fantasy and really let loose with these characters has been wild… and we’re just scratching the surface of what Rich and I are capable of doing with this world.”

Look for the first issue on May 15.

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