Mobile game developer Supercell has launched an 8-volume series of graphic novels based on its games, Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. The Books of Clash are written by award-winning NY Times bestselling novelist Gene Luen Yang. Yang pitched the series to Supercell so enthusiastically that the developer felt it had to greenlight the project.
“My kids and I have been Supercell fans ever since we first played Clash of Clans many, many years ago,” says Yang. “We’ve always loved not just the game mechanics but also the characters and the world. I am so thrilled to be a part of the team that gets to flesh out those characters and that world! I can’t wait to show graphic novel fans what we’ve built.”
The Books of Clash Vol One
In Clash of Clans, players build their village, develop their clan, and participate in Clan Wars. Like many strategy games, Clash of Clans focuses on troops rather than individual characters. However, Yang offers readers a more personal view of the Clash universe by featuring individual clan members of his own creation.
“The game is made up of these groups of troops and every group, they all look the same… So when you’re playing it, you’re kind of like looking at this world from a God’s eye view,” Yang told Game Rant.
“You don’t see the characters as individuals. You see them as groups. It’s hard to tell a story about a group of characters. Stories are generally about individuals. They’re about the interior lives of characters. What we want to do with this first volume especially is we actually want to move people from the player’s eye view down to the reader’s eye view, so you get to know individual characters.”
The Books of Clash Volume 1 follows Terry, a Hog Rider, and his pet hog, Pim Pim. Together the two leave their village and embark on a perilous journey full of friendship, betrayal and epic battles. Volume 1 releases today (May 30th). Clash of Clans fans can read a free sample on the series’ official website.