Arthurian epics and hereditary monarchies get a twist on The Orphan King

The Orphan King
(Image credit: James Boyle (A Wave Blue World))

Writer Tyler Chin-Tanner and artist James Boyle are putting a twist to Arthurian sword-and-sorcery epics with their upcoming OGN The Orphan King.

"Prince Kaidan, born to inherit the throne, is set to complete his secret training with his aunt, the magical Lady Taleissa when tragedy strikes. He returns home to find his parents missing and his kingdom destroyed, along with everything he’d ever hoped and dreamed," reads the synopsis from the OGN's publisher, A Wave Blue World. "With the monarchy overthrown by a rapacious warlord, Kaidan is set adrift in a lawless land where his royal lineage now means nothing but danger; there’s a steep price on his head and everyone is eager to cash in.

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"But when there are no laws, outlaws can become allies, and Kaidan’s got a fighting chance with some new friends on the fringes of society," the synopsis continues. "A new path is set: find whatever pieces of his old life he can and use them to build something new – if he can live that long!"

(Image credit: James Boyle (A Wave Blue World))

Scheduled to debut this June, The Orphan King is a reunion for Chin-Tanner and Boyle after their 2009 OGN Adrenaline. In this new volume, they're joined by colorist Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Pete Carlsson, with a logo by Nicola Black Design LLC.

The Orphan King will be the second title in A Wave Blue World's new YA line, which kicks off in early 2021 with Averee.

The Orphan King goes on sale June 2, 2021 in comic book stores and digital services; the booktrade market will debut the book on June 15.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)