Writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.) are teaming up on the four-part horror-fantasy series, The Autumn Kingdom. The Oni Press title joins a family as they traverse a forest filled with dangerous mythical creatures. The first issue will debut in September 2024.

The comic follows Andrew Kier, a bestselling author who has chosen to stay at an isolated cabin in a Swedish forest while finishing a dark fantasy novel. As he writes, his daughters, Sommer and Winter, explore the terrain, finding hidden statues of goblins, dwarves, elves, and a warrior queen who is missing her hand and weapon. When something malevolent sets its sights on the girls, their only chance to save their family could be an ancient relic hidden in the forest.

“The words ‘The Autumn Kingdom’ have been written in one of my oldest journals for decades,” Bunn said. “Over the years, I’ve returned to them again and again. I knew I wanted to tell a dark fantasy tale about the fairy realms. I just wasn’t sure what that story might be until I stumbled onto the idea of Sommer and Winter, a pair of young sisters who find themselves alone, facing the forces of a supernatural realm. Their lives – and the lives of their parents – are on the line. Thank goodness they’ve discovered a nasty, death-dealing blade that seems to hunger for the blood of elves and trolls and goblins. Sommer and Winter are thrown down a violent path from which there may be no escape. No matter what, they won’t get through this journey unscathed and unchanged.”

“For years – almost as long as we’ve both been making comics – Cullen and I have been wanting to work together on something,” Mitten said. “And that it’s this book, this story, makes it all the more special.”

The Autumn Kingdom is a dark fairytale born straight from the moss-grown hollows of an ancient Scandinavian forest,” Senior Editor Bess Pallares said. “As a folk horror enthusiast, when Cullen first shared his idea of these two young sisters fighting to save their parents from goblin hordes with only the assistance of a mysterious, powerful, and gigantic blade, my imagination was aflame with possibilities. Cullen and Chris have crafted a beautiful, terrifying, and exciting story sure to lure readers down its shadowy path into the woods.”

The first issue features covers by Mitten, Alison Sampson (Hit-Girl), Malachi Ward (Black Hammer: The End), Daniel Vega (The Codex Noirmatic), and Vanesa R. Del Rey (Scarlet Witch).

The Autumn Kingdom #1 arrives in comic shops on September 4.