Eurogamer cornered Hank Kanalz (General Manager of WildStorm and editor of the World of Warcraft graphic novels) and Jon Buran (Artist). The interview offers a few details about the ongoing comic book series, and it is confirmed the comic book will continue. Walter Simonson has submitted, to Blizzard, scripts for up to issue# 25 to date. The Ashbringer Graphic Novel, which spans four-issues of 40 pages each, is said to heavily impact the Wrath of the Lich King storyline. Both are playing closed beta and have seen some of the work that ties with the graphic novel, and hint not everything has been spoiled in the closed beta. Blizzard wants some stuff to remain hidden until the expansion goes live. There seems to be room for more graphic novels—so expect other storylines to come to life in the comics format.
Eurogamer: Do you have big plans for when Wrath of the Lich King comes out?
Jon Buran: Yes. There’s a lot of stuff with this, and also the Ashbringer series Ludo Lullabi’s doing, that’s going to be tied in heavily. The stuff we’re doing in the main story arc ties into it. There will be a lot of payoff for fans who are reading this story then pick up Wrath of the Lich King; you’re really going to feel rewarded for paying attention to the lore.
Hank Kanalz: The Ashbringer series is four 40-page comic books telling the story of Ashbringer. It’ll tie into the Lich King release as well. A lot of what we’ve been doing in the comic book, you can see the results in the beta right now.
Jon Buran: They gave me Lich King beta access a little while ago and there’s some really, really nice stuff in there. They want to show us a really low percentage of what they actually put out, I think, so when the game finally drops it’s going to be huge. It’s really cool.