Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker

Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker

The Wicked + The Divine writer Kieron Gillen teams up with artist supernova Stephanie Hans (WicDiv, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic. Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning, unearthly horror they only just survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron's in a rush, he describes it as "Goth Jumanji" The Wicked + The Divine writer Kieron Gillen teams up with artist supernova Stephanie Hans (WicDiv, Journey Into Mystery)...

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Title:Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker
Author:Kieron Gillen
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1534312706
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:184 pages pages

Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker Reviews

  • Craig
    Jul 25, 2019
    This really is kind of a dull book, which is surprising given the beautiful art and the usually strong writing one would expect from Gillen. The story follows a bunch of grown up losers who suddenly find themselves returned (without explanation, really) to the fantasy land they were on...
  • Bill
    Jun 08, 2019
    There's an intriguing premise and interesting twists in this tale of British forty-somethings returning to a "Dungeons and Dragons" style world they were trapped in for two years as teenagers... but the plot rushes along just a little too fast. I only got to know two of the five main c...
  • Relstuart
    Jun 18, 2019
    The going to another world (Narnia style) has nearly become it's own type of fantasy story. But what if everything doesn't go well in this other world? In this book we have five teens disappearing into a fantasy world and just four of them reappear two years later. Years go by, they ma...
  • Trike
    Jun 28, 2019
    Aside from one brief sojourn in the superhero game Skraypers, I don?t play PnP RPGs so I?m sure 90% of this went over my head. Speaking as an outsider to this world, I couldn?t connect to this story or these characters at all. The premise is pretty basic: it?s a Portal Fanta...
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
    Jun 28, 2019
    I'm a pretty big Dungeons and Dragons guy. I DM a game every Sunday (We've just taken a hiatus for the summer break and I'm kinda lost right now without it). It could be, because of this, that I found myself loving Die so much. There are so many D&D easter eggs and references a...
  • Ariadne
    Apr 09, 2019
    Really stunning all across the board. The art is stylistically interesting and really lovely to look at - despite the detail work it feels very smooth and dreamy. The story itself hits me right where I live, so to speak. A bunch of teens in the 90s play an RPG that transports them into...
  • Devann
    Apr 14, 2019
    This was a decent start to what could become a really great series, but I found it to be confusing a lot of the time. Maybe that's partly because my only experience with DND is listening to The Adventure Zone podcast, but honestly it's not that complicated of a concept so I think non-D...
  • Crini
    Jun 09, 2019
    DAMN, this was one of the most epic comics I have read in a long while. Basically a diverse Jumanji meets IT on crack with the most gorgeous art. ...
  • Ethan
    Jun 25, 2019
    The easy comparison is Jumanji by way of D&D, but going into this expecting that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. This is a meditation on grief by way of ludology and grim fantasy, a dirge for childhood wonder. What happens when the kids on bikes grow up, drift apart, move on...
  • João Calafate
    Apr 03, 2019
    Very solid 4 stars. This was so COOL. The art-style is gorgeous and the story is so original. D&D meets Jumanji but super Gothic and dark? Count me in. I need more time to get properly attached to the characters, but they're already pretty interesting, and I loved the twist in i...
  • Sam Quixote
    May 31, 2019
    Six kids find themselves magically transported into a D&D-type board game. Two years pass - and only five kids return to the real world. Twenty-five years later, the five are transported back into the game only to find their missing sixth friend has become the evil grandmaster of t...
  • Alex Sarll
    Apr 11, 2019
    Kieron Gillen's latest, with its apparently simple premise of 'Whatever happened to the kids from the old Dungeons & Dragons cartoon afterwards?', is not a comic about which I can pretend any sort of objectivity. There's the usual reason of having known him on and off for longer th...
  • Jason
    Apr 03, 2019
    Read as individual issues. I'm a huge fan of Kieron Gillen. I love his work with Jamie McKelvie on Young Avengers and I love his Star Wars work on Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra and currently the main title. I tried Wicked + Divine and while it had a great hook, I stopped reading around ...
  • Dan
    Jul 21, 2019
    review - https://youtu.be/TkcBUQ_GKxc ...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    Jun 18, 2019
    Die is a fantasy with a standard theme: RPG players get sucked into their fantasy world. It's good, in large part because it twists the genre just a bit, with our players returning to their fantasy realm in their adult lives, twenty years after they escaped. And it's got fantasic art. ...
  • James DeSantis
    Jun 07, 2019
    Man, I just couldn't get into this one. So let me say I never played DnD and never really wanted to. It's just not my thing. This series is basically if DnD became a reality and you had to survive it. So years ago a bunch of kids get sucked into this DnD world. Once there horri...
  • Benji Glaab
    Jul 29, 2019
    I had trouble buying into the story, and had trouble immersing myself into the world. Tbh the concept is kind of lame, but I think there will be a good story rooted here I might need another volume to warm up to things. I thought I was going to like this but the tone was also kind of...
  • Bárbara
    Jun 27, 2019
    Incredible! Damn near perfect! ...
  • Sean Gibson
    Aug 23, 2019
    Everyone* who has ever played a fantasy role-playing game (or, for that matter, first encountered fantasy literature as an impressionable young child) has wondered what it would be like, if not devoutly wished, to be transported to the setting of that game. Not everyone, however, h...
  • Jessica
    Jul 02, 2019
    This was a little bit tricky to get into as it goes so fast, but damn is the artwork beautiful and story entirely unique. As someone who loves D&D and role-playing games, this was really fun... plus seeing the Matt Mercer blurb made me a little giddy. ...
  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
    Jul 13, 2019
    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind The Wicked and the Divine is my favorite comic series of all time, so I figured I'd enjoy this, but I never expected to love it as much as I did! This was honestly freaking fantastic! This is like a love child between D&D s...
  • Roy
    Jun 18, 2019
    It started off really cool but then just became a little depressing/boring. The art was ok but was a little too depressing in its mood. ...
  • Franki (wardenswatch)
    Jul 01, 2019
    Ahhh so good. Dungeons and Dragons themed anything should always come loaded with angst and characters with wacko OP-yet limited-powers! ...
  • Artemy
    Apr 04, 2019
    I feel like Gillen has dropped the ball here. Die has a brilliantly simple premise that mixes Jumanji, IT and Lord of the Rings. With Gillen's usual writing style, it should have been a fun ride with jaw-dropping twists, sharp snappy dialogue and fantastic characters. Instead, this ser...
  • Josh
    Aug 08, 2019
    Wow. "Goth Jumanji" is a great description of this (the new Jumanji specifically), but it takes steps to make itself stand out as a dramatic work in its own right. Weaving recognizable fantasy and role-playing elements into a story focused around a distinct set of characters Die is ...
  • Štěpán Tichý
    Apr 04, 2019
    I enjoy Kieron Gillen'S writing style. Some things were a miss for me but more things that I've read were really good and I consider myself his fan. Stephanie Hans was a new face for me and art-wise this is a really stylised artist who knows how to make an impact. First two issues w...
  • BleedersDigest
    Jun 25, 2019
    TLDR: Just read the dang? thing! This ?Gothic jumanji? as the author likes to call it (quite accurately) is a table top rpg session gone wrong and it is goooooooood. While the fantasy world is built around references to geek culture, particularly the character classes are not ...
  • Jenn
    Aug 09, 2019
    This was an interesting read though not as strong as I initially thought it?d be. The concept is cool but not entirely fresh. I mean, the whole people going into a game thing has been done; it?s still entertaining though. The art is really stunning. I think that?s this volume?s...
  • Geoffrey Payne
    May 28, 2019
    This series is based on such a cool concept and so far has had great character development. I can?t wait for more! 4 out of 5. ...
  • Jakub Kvíz
    Apr 19, 2019
    This will be one of the best books of 2019, mark my words! Gorgeous art, gripping story, awesome and relatable characters, perfect world building and a lot of fantasy/pop culture references and jokes. This book has everything. ...