New comic series, Rivers of London: Here Be Dragons launches in July, hot on the heels of new novella

BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter and award-winning New York Times, Sunday Times author James Swallow has co-written a new Rivers of London series for Titan Comics, Here be Dragons, based on the crime fantasy saga created by Ben Aaronovitch, which is also heading to our TV screens.

Rivers of London - Here be Dragons #1 Cover A by José María Beroy
Rivers of London – Here be Dragons #1 Cover A by José María Beroy

Featuring art and a main cover by José María Beroy, co-written with Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Here be Dragons sees a dangerous monster is at large above the streets of London. And its name… Wyvern!

In Issue One, on sale in July in all good comic shops, after a Met Police helicopter on night patrol is attacked by an unidentified aerial phenomena, the Met’s only sanctioned wizard, Peter Grant, and his mentor, Thomas Nightingale, are called in to investigate.

Peter and Nightingale find themselves drawn into a battle between two groups of hunters – one human, and one fae – as they uncover a legacy of events that extend back to the 1960s.

To save the skies of the city, Peter must face the enraged beast – but can he end things peacefully… or will he be forced to destroy the last wyvern?

The new Rivers of London series launches with two variant covers from David M. Nuisance and V.V Glass.

Rivers of London - Here be Dragons #1 Cover B by David M. Nuisance
Rivers of London – Here be Dragons #1 Cover B by David M. Nuisance
Rivers of London - Here be Dragons #1 Cover C by V.V. Glass
Rivers of London – Here be Dragons #1 Cover C by V.V. Glass

For those who came in late – where have you been? – Rivers of London began as a series of novels back in 2011, following Peter Grant, an ordinary constable turned magician’s apprentice, as he solves crimes across London in a sensational blend of inventive urban fantasy, gripping mystery thriller, and hilarious fantasy caper.  

The latest novel in the series, the ninth, Amongst Our Weapons, was released last year, the series set for adaptation on TV, a project co-produced by Pure Fiction Television, See-Saw Films and Ben Aaronovitch’s own production company, Unnecessary Logo.

Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch

The TV series will bring together all nine novels, plus the accompanying short stories, novellas and graphic novels, for the screen.

A brand-new novella, Winter’s Gifts, will be out in bookshops and online in hardback, ebook and audio download on 8th June 2023, a story focusing on FBI Special Agent Kimberley Reynolds, facing an increasingly harrowing snow-filled adventure…

Writers: Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, James Swallow
Artist: José María Beroy
Publisher: Titan Comics
32pp, $3.99, On sale: July 12, 2023


More about Here Be Dragons here on the Titan Comics web site

Ben Aaronovitch is online at

Follow Andrew Cartmel on Twitter

James Swallow is online at

José Maria Beroy is online at

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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