Skybound Entertainment, the "multiplatform content company" that publishes comic book titles like Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead (opens in new tab) and Invincible (opens in new tab) with Image Comics is partnering with children's book publisher AMEET to launch LEGO branded comic books.
The first comic book series that will incorporate "the LEGO Group's vast library of intellectual property" - will be disclosed in the coming months and will be published by Image and Skybound beginning in 2022.
What's being called an exclusive English-language licensed publishing partnership "will bring LEGO properties into Skybound's vast slate of notable comic book series, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Ultramega."
In case you thought that meant LEGO IP would crossover into Skybound comic book series like The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Ultramega (like we did), Skybound has clarified that means LEGO comic book titles will join the Skybound "vast" comics line that includes those titles.
"As a lifelong fan of LEGO toys and content, nothing brings me greater joy than partnering with AMEET on this iconic brand," says Skybound senior vice president, editor-in-chief Sean Mackiewicz in an announcement. "Each title will be a portal to the endless worlds accessible in every LEGO play session, created to inspire the LEGO builders, readers, and thinkers of tomorrow."
AMEET is a global publisher of children's books that partners with LEGO and intellectual property holders. Harry Potter, DC superheroes, Jurassic World, and of course, Star Wars are just some of the iconic properties featured in their LEGO books.
"Comic books form a key component of the LEGO Books publishing strategy to bring LEGO stories to young readers everywhere," AMEET's vice president and publisher Eric Huang adds in the announcement. "Skybound is the perfect LEGO Books comics partner. They're as passionate as we are about publishing books that encourage creativity and play."
It will be interesting to watch if this partnership eventually leads to LEGO toys. The Walking Dead - the LEGO playset could be in our future.
Newsarama reviews the first two collections of Skybound's Invincible.