Image and Skybound to Publish Lego Ninjago Comics

Today at The Skybound Halloween Xpo, Image Comics and Skybound announced LEGO® NINJAGO® GARMADON #1 with all those registered markings, an official new Ninjago chapter that arrives in comic shops on the 6th of April next year by writer/artist Tri Vuong from Skybound's upcoming Everyday Hero Machine Boy. This is the first LEGO® branded comic book series release from the partnership between Skybound Entertainment and children's book publisher AMEET, with additional new series to be announced in the coming year.

Image and Skybound to Publish Lego Ninjago Comics
Image and Skybound to Publish Lego Ninjago Comics

Far away from Ninjago City, a village is terrorized by a mysterious new threat when they're saved by a stranger with incredible powers known as… Garmadon, Lord of Destruction?! Has Garmadon turned over a new leaf since his disappearance, or is this just the first step in his master plan of finally defeating Master Wu and the ninja forever?

"When it came to our first LEGO® comic book series launch, we knew it had to be full of action, adventure and heartfelt drama. Everything that's made the LEGO® NINJAGO® franchise so iconic," said Sean Mackiewicz, Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief at Skybound Entertainment.  "We're excited to expand the official NINJAGO mythos in partnership with our friends at AMEET and the LEGO Group to bring you the grand return of the bad guy you love to hate—Lord Garmadon!" "It's been such a great opportunity to play within the LEGO universe," said writer/artist Tri Vuong. "The LEGO® NINJAGO® franchise has all the qualities that I love in a story; action, adventure, humor and compelling characters.  In our new series, we're paying homage to the LEGO® NINJAGO® franchise while expanding the mythology with new stories on this beloved property."

And I don't know it's a coincidence but a few days ago comic creator Paul Lee posted on Facebook "And so ends my career doing LEGO comics…. and maybe comics in general… On one page, the writer calls it 3 panels when it is easily 12 panels full of characters doing 3 actions at once, with speech balloons not allocated to any specific panel. It's a gobbledygook of word salad that can't be drawn on one page. I would hope the writer understood the basics of writing a comic. This one doesn't at all… Probably quitting Blue Ocean. The last bit of LEGO comics I was doing. I wish someone wanted to do good LEGO comics. Suffice it to say, the script is terrible. A hot mess. Not drawable and makes no sense. It is so below professional standard. But I don't think anyone there understands how comics work and what standards are. They expect me to be the pencil monkey and draw whatever they hand me. The previous writers were OK. The previous editors were great. But they gave me new ones and it's just a mess and I don't feel respected or listened to. So I have to quit I guess… It's a 3rd party publisher. But LEGO Magazine doesn't care about its comics anymore. Scholastic dropped the license. Nobody wants to make good LEGO comics…. The only publisher of LEGO books is Ameet. A tiny polish publisher. I don't think LEGO raised fees. I think Scholastic dropped them because of the pandemic. They primarily sell at book fairs at schools and schools were shut. So I would bet they dropped every license they could to survive."

Or went to Skybound?

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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