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For the group that is the subject of this graphic novel, see Dark Riders.
Dark Riders
Alliance OGN CoverA
World of Warcraft: Dark Riders cover by Samwise Didier and Alex Horley
Author(s) Michael Costa
Artist(s) Neil Googe
Pages 144
Publisher(s) DC Comics
Publication date US: May 7, 2013
Format(s) Hardcover, Digital
Retail price US: $24.99
ISBN 10 1-4012-3027-X
ISBN 13 978-1-4012-3027-2

Dark Riders is the first graphic novel of the World of Warcraft: Alliance comic series. It contains the following canceled issues:

  • Issue 26
  • Issue 27

On June 28, 2011 writer Mike Costa reported the script of Alliance had been completed and that work on the art was underway.[1]

On July 21, 2011 during the Blizzard Licensed Products panel at Comic-Con 2011, the graphic novel's cover was revealed, illustrated by Samwise Didier and Alex Horley Orlandelli, along with its official title. It depicts Mardigan as a worgen for the first time, and also features the Dark Riders of Deadwind Pass.



Canceled Issue 26 cover sample

In this new, original World of Warcraft graphic novel, a stalwart mage searches for a powerful artifact, stolen by Dark Riders, only to find his son accused of murder. A righteous priest, driven by a mysterious fervor, investigates a savage Wolf Cult. As the paths of these two men join, a fantastic adventure emerges! Supported by a cast of brave heroes, the two find out just how dangerous the wolf cult and dark riders are.[2]



Canceled Issue 27 cover sample

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World of Warcraft: Alliance[]

World of Warcraft: Alliance was originally an original graphic novel series set in the Warcraft universe, and the companion series to World of Warcraft: Horde. At Comic-Con 2011, it was revealed that the first volume of the OGN series would be titled Dark Riders. Since then the series hasn't been mentioned or revived.

The descriptions of the first two known issues became a part of Dark Riders.

Originally intended to be a continuation of the original World of Warcraft monthly series, Wildstorm instead opted to transition the series to an original graphic novel format, allowing them to place greater emphasis on art and narrative.[3]

See also[]


  1. ^ Mike Costa on Twitter: "Yes, sir! The script is complete and the art is underway. I don't have a release date for you yet, but it's coming!"
  2. ^ DC Comics - World of Warcraft: Dark Riders
  3. ^ Richard George. 2009-12-16. Warcraft, Starcraft Comics Find New Format: Blizzard's comic book franchises see cancellations and new life. IGN Comics. Accessed 2009-12-16.