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The Witcher returns to comics with Witch's Lament

The Witcher: Witch's Lament #1 cover
(Image credit: Dark Horse Comics)

Geralt returns to comic books this summer with a new The Wicher limited series by one of CD Projekt Red's key writers.

The Witcher: Witch's Lament by writer Bartosz Sztybor with artist Vanessa R. del Rey, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar returns to the fictional fantasy realm of the Continent with a story inspired by tragic events from our own real world - and Geralt's past.

"The Witcher: Witch's Lament follows famed witcher Geralt after a routine hunt. But when the captured witch is burned at the stake, Geralt is haunted by images of her death, and a harrowing warning begins to take shape," reads Dark Horse Comics' description of The Witcher: Witch's Lament. "Soon, Geralt finds himself drawn into the mystery surrounding this heinous persecution."

(Image credit: Dark Horse Comics)

Elements of this are reminiscent of the story of Felicia Cori, from The Witcher game franchise. First introduced in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, she was burned at the stake by witch hunters for being a mage in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - with Geralt coming up short in saving her.

The Witcher: Witch's Lament would be Sztybor's second comic book series in the franchise, after the current The Witcher: Fading Memories limited series. Sztybor is CD Projekt Red's narrative manager, and also a writer for its game. He's also an established comic book writer, with several Polish comic book series including the autobiographical OGN Come Back to Me Again.

Toss a coin for The Witcher: Witch's Lament #1 (of 4) when it goes on sale on May 26.

Get up to speed with all things Geralt with GamesRadar's archives on The Witcher.

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, 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.