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Invisible Kingdom switching to OGN for finale

(Image credit: Christian Ward (Dark Horse Comics / Berger Books))

Just days after winning an Eisner Award for 'Best New Series,' the creator-owned series Invisible Kingdom has been announced to be switching from single issues to a graphic novel model.

(Image credit: Christian Ward (Dark Horse Comics / Berger Books))

Following the release of Invisible Kingdom #10 back in February, the series will continue in the form of an OGN - with the next (and final) volume due out in the first quarter of 2021.

An eleventh issue was originally solicited at the beginning of the year for a June 24, 2020 debut, but co-creator/artist Christian Ward revealed on Twitter that serialization of the series was being aborted due to COVID-19. The OGN will include what would've been issues #11 - #14, with the artist tweeting that he's already working on the penultimate chapter.

"The final arc of the acclaimed series begins... in the Point of No Return!" reads Dark Horse's now canceled solicitation for #11. "The strange new Nones have whisked the Sundog into a far more perilous edge of space—and they need Vess. Will she choose Grix... or the unthinkable?"

(Image credit: Christian Ward (Dark Horse Comics / Berger Books))

This is but the latest in what is a growing trend of creator-owned comic books opting to change their format to OGNs. The previous series that have announced similar changes include Astro City, Seeds, Crowded, Moonstruck, Motor Crush, and Spell on Wheels.  

Even DC has opted for this in some cases, such as the recent decision for the final arc of the ongoing series Lucifer to be released solely as a collected trade paperback.

"G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward deliver a breathtaking debut in Invisible Kingdom, an otherworldly trip into religion, consumerism, and the poor creatures caught in between their mammoth gears," reads a review of the first issue from Newsarama's David Pepose.

Invisible Kingdom Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are on-sale now.

Chris has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, 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  2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the 2012 Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.