Dungeon-crawling comic Delver lands at Dark Horse for print debut

(Image credit: Clive Hawken (Iron Circus Comics/comiXology/Dark Horse Comics))

The comiXology Originals title Delver will be making its print debut this fall. In a partnership between comiXology and Dark Horse Comics, Delver Volume 1 will be published on October 6.

(Image credit: Clive Hawken (Iron Circus Comics/comiXology/Dark Horse Comics))

Originally serialized on comiXology in 2019, Delver centers on a family of goat herders who are overwhelmed with unexpected guests when a magic door appears in their cellar which connects to actual sword & sorcery style dungeons. Soon after the door appears, so does marauding adventurers and treasure hunters (nicknamed 'Delvers') through it looking for treasure. The comic plays out akin to actual play podcasts and streams, delivering a rollicking adventure in a fantasy world.

"Delver was an idea I had for years, and I'm thrilled I finally got a chance to commit it to paper!" co-writer/co-creator C. Spike Trotman tells Newsarama.

"I'm so excited to finally be able to touch this book and see it out in the world," co-writer/co-creator MK Reed adds.

Here's a three-page preview of Delver:

"Trotman and Reed deliver a clever, thoughtful script, and artist Clive Hawken and colorist Maarta Laiho do a stellar job bringing the world they've created to life," reads Newarama's 2019 review of the first issue. "Laiho's earthy colors and Hawken's vibrant faces make the town of Oddgoat feel homey and familiar; there's a sense of familiarity and warmth among the residents and a pastoral beauty to its landscape that makes the fantasy elements seem even more profoundly unsettling."

Delver Volume 1 collects the first five issues of this series, with a second 'season' listed on comiXology for a late 2021 digital debut.

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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)