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Dark Horse to adapt Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish with The Witcher: The Edge of the World

One of writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s original Witcher tales, The Last Wish is getting a Dark Horse Comics adaptation.

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Dark Horse Comics has, as Witcher fans know, a pretty lengthy history with the property at this point. The publisher has produced an impressive collection of mini-series’ and one-shots that’ve built on the legacy of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s stories. For the company’s next offering though, fans will be treated to one of the writer’s original tales, by the name of The Last Wish.

That tale will be transformed into a graphic novel called The Witcher: The Edge of the World, hailing from writer Magdalena Salik and artist Tommaso Bennato. The pair will be joined by colorist Chris O’Halloran and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, for a tale that finds Geralt tasked with eliminating a monster without killing it.

Cover by Kai Carpenter 

Work is hard to come by for Geralt. And for his bardic traveling companion, Dandelion, the doldrum of the road is not a worthy subject for his rhymes or ballads. As they travel to the edge of the known world, townsfolk speak of many stories, but it seems that’s all they are-recitals of monsters and superstition-until a man follows Geralt with news of a devil scavenging the local fields. Get rid of the beast, but under no circumstances is it to be killed. Only how can Geralt hunt the creature, when there are no such things as devils?

“The Edge of the World is one of my favourite Witcher stories,” admits Salik. “Why? Because of its characters who are diverse and counter-intuitive. Everyone has some ideas about devils or pixies – say farewell to them. In this story Sapkowski plays with your established notions about heroes and villains; and plot twists as well. For me it’s one of the wisest short stories ever, going far beyond typical fantasy quest versions of this scenario. There is all we love about The Witcher: jokes, quest, a lot of action, captivating characters. But apart from that there is also a strong message which leaves you both amused and pondering. In other words – enjoy and expect the unexpected.”

“For me, who loves the Fantasy genre,” says artist Bennato. “Working on a story of ‘The Witcher‘ was a great pleasure and I hope that the fans appreciate the commitment and the passion that I put in trying to bring out the emotions of the characters and, in the case of the Sylvan, enrich his design with leaves, springs and mushrooms. Enjoy this incredible adaptation! I’ve done it, and I had fun drawing it!”

Dark Horse Comics press release

Presented in hardcover format, Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher: The Edge of the World is heading to bookstores on December 17th, 2024. Comic shops will get it the very next day, as is typical with Dark Horse’s offerings, so look for that in December 18th.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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