Chandra Nalaar Headlines New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book

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It's been 25 years since Magic: The Gathering was introduced and it's been 4 years since the last comic book based on the IP hit the stands. Now, Wizards of the Coast is teaming with IDW to bring Planeswalker, Chandra Nalaar to the forefront.

The new series is touted as introducing "an all-new approach to storytelling". The series will be written by Vita Ayala (Supergirl, The Wilds) with interior art by Harvey Tolibao (X-Men, Green Arrow).

"Think of a character that you love. From any story, from any property. There is an excellent chance that you were introduced to that character by some kind of page, or some sort of screen," said Jeremy Jarvis, Magic: The Gathering Franchise Director. "We are thrilled to have Vita and Harvey introduce you to Chandra, to her story, her quirks, and her incredible powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required."

Magic: The Gathering is the world's best strategy game, with more than 20 million players and fans worldwide. Through a unique blend of digital gameplay and face-to-face play opportunities in more than 6,800 hobby game stores around the world, Magic offers a robust gaming experience for its global community of passionate fans. Most local comic book and game shops host tournaments for local players and it's known for its vast array of cards that allow even the most casual players to be somewhat competitive.

Chandra Nalaar is arguably the most popular of the Planeswalkers as she's associated with fire (red mana), and its premise is based on dealing direct damage to your opponent and their creatures. A strategy that is popular with an aggressive style of play, which has allowed Chandra to be highly talked about within the community whether you love or hate her. Re-launching a Magic the Gathering comic book series with Chandra as the headliner should spark the interest of a large number of fans.

"I can't hold back my excitement about this new Magic: The Gathering comic book!" said IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber. "With meteorically rising star Vita Ayala penning these tales, with the incredible art of Harvey Tolibao delineating the adventures, and with the introduction of the dynamic and powerful Chandra Nalaar, it's clear we've entered a bold new era of storytelling. Everybody involved in this comic is dedicated to bringing you emotional and thrilling experiences that will satisfy fans of Magic: The Gathering—as well as fans of stories packed with action and drama told from a unique point of view."

Synopsis:
An adventurous Planeswalker and powerful pyromancer, Chandra Nalaar has seen much in her time—but she had never experienced such tragedy before. In the wake of a devastating loss, Chandra is striking out on her own, determined to prove—to her family and to herself—that next time she'll be prepared. But when faced with threats both old and new, will she be able to overcome her grief in time to survive? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1 will be available in November.