Goliath and the Gargoyles are back! Disney’s beloved dark fantasy franchise is returning for an all-new season, but this time in comic book form courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment. This news comes to us from CBR.com.
For those that are new, Gargoyles first rose to life in 1994. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the show ran for three seasons. The series followed a group of gargoyles, creatures that turned to stone during the day, but at night awakened to protect the castles or territories they were sworn into. When one group is put under an enchantment that makes them sleep for thousands of years, they are helpless to time as they are moved from medieval Scotland to modern-day New York City. After making their first awakening in thousands of years, the gargoyles take on new names and new roles as the protectors of their new home.
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Gargoyles was praised at the time for its dark tone, which stood out against the more colorful and kid-friendly Disney Afternoon lineup. The show also tackled tougher topics its counterparts weren’t equipped to handle, as well as more complex story arcs and Shakespearean themes. Because of this, the show was compared to the likes of Batman: The Animated Series. The series starred Keith David as Goliath, Ed Asner as Hudson, Thom Adcox-Hernandez as Lexington, Jeff Bennett as Brooklyn, Bill Fagerbakke as Broadway, Salli Richardson as Elisa Maza, Jonathan Frakes as David Xanatos, Marina Sirtis as Demona, Brigitte Bako as Angela, and Frank Welker as Bronx.
Life from Stone
Dynamite’s new comics will feature consulting from Greg Weisman, creator of the original series. The comics will serve as a new “season” for the show, which means all new adventures for the stony team. This won’t be the franchise’s first step into comics. Gargoyles had a previous comic run from Marvel Comics that ran from 1994 to 1995. The comic was created under a team that included Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Madureira, Grant Miehm, Martin Pasko, and Mort Todd.
The series ran for eleven issues (initially twelve). Weisman considers this run as a continuation of the show and was initially hired to write for it, but due to an early cancellation never had the opportunity. These comics will also be reprinted by Dynamite in addition to the new series in trade paperback form, giving incoming fans a new chance to relive the adventures!
Gargoyles also made appearances in the Disney Adventures magazine in the 1990s, as well as another comic run by SLG Publishing. This comic also features input by Weisman and continued events from the initial show. The comic ran from 2006 to 2008, no news has come from Dynamite as to whether or not these comics will be considered part of the new canon or will be featured in a similar reprint to the Marvel series. The company, however, has promised that more news is to come.
Gargoyles has had a strong cult following since its premiere in the early 90s and continues to grip audiences to this day. The show is currently available on Disney+ and the first of the new Dynamite books is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2022.