By Christian Holub
August 18, 2020 at 11:49 AM EDT
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Thanks to the magic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these days almost everyone knows the basics of who Thor and Loki are. But the versions of these ancient gods depicted in films like Thor: Ragnarok owe as much to iconic Marvel artist Jack Kirby as they do to the original Norse myths. Don't worry, that's good news, because the traditional versions of these gods' stories are even darker and cooler than you think. That's what Dark Horse's upcoming comic Norse Mythology, based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, sets out to prove. Check out an exclusive trailer for the comic above.

After years of invoking the Norse gods in books like The Sandman and American Gods, Gaiman finally gave his comprehensive take on them in his 2017 book Norse Mythology. Now, much like American Gods, Norse Mythology is being adapted into comic form by Dark Horse. Gaiman is writing alongside art from P. Craig Russell (who worked on the American Gods comic and one of the most famous issues of The Sandman). Other contributing artists include Jerry Ordway, Piotr Kowalski, David Mack, Jill Thompson, David Rubín (EW's favorite comic artist of 2017), and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

"P. Craig Russell is a genius, and watching him adapt the stories has been a treat," Gaiman tells EW in a statement. "Now I'm waiting to see what comes back, as the artists tell the stories. And, because the artists are the cream of the crop, I'm on the edge of my seat. I hope that what we're doing by making a graphic novel of Norse Mythology is creating a book that opens the door to these strange and glorious stories for all readers."

Watch the trailer above. Norse Mythology #1 is on sale Oct. 7.

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