US comics publisher BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. and in partnership with Wizards of the Coast LLC, revealed a Hidden Planeswalker variant cover featuring Kaya the Ghost Assassin by artist Taj Tenfold (Abbott) for Magic #1, the premiere issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay (Marvel’s Black Cat), artist Ig Guara (Marvel’s Ghost-Spider), colourist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available in April 2021.
Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history.
Magic #1 also features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera (Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn) as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), and Junggeun Yoon (Seven Secrets), and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin), and Magdalena Pagowska (The Library of Esoterica) featuring fan favourite characters Liliana Vess and Sorin Markov.
Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited edition Collector’s Set of Magic #1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo (Mercy), along with the Magic #1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.
Magic is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; and Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä.
The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers series from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino.
Magic: The Gathering’s compelling characters, fantastic worlds, and deep strategic gameplay have entertained and delighted fans for more than 25 years. Fans can experience Magic through the tabletop trading card game, the new digital game Magic: The Gathering Arena, a New York Times bestselling novel, critically acclaimed comic book series, and professional esports league. With over 40 million fans to date, Magic is a worldwide phenomenon published in eleven languages in over 70 countries.
• Print copies of Magic #1 will be available for sale on April 7, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire