Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants #1, announced this week by Archaia, is the latest miniseries in the Storyteller series offering beautiful new takes on folktales from around the world. Previous installments focused on dragons and witches; now they're getting big. ComicsAlliance has a first look at Karl Kerschl's stunning variant cover for issue #1, above.

As in previous series, each of the four issues will adapt a myth from a different part of the world, this time each focusing on giants in different cultures. The first issue features a Japanese story adapted by writer/artist Conor Nolan.

Kerschl's variant cover doesn't feature an image from Nolan's story, but it tells a story all on its own. Kerschl's giant, with his driftwood crown and rusted anchor around his neck, has obviously been under the sea for a very long time, and the tiny humans in those boats probably aren't thrilled to see him emerge! This giant is scary, but he's also a little --- dare I say --- muppety, which is both expected from the artist behind Gotham Academy, and perfect for a Jim Henson project!

Here's the official word from Archaia:

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants is a collection of mythic tales of when giants roamed the Earth, inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved television series.

In this first issue, rising newcomer Conor Nolan reimagines the “The Peach’s Son,” a Japanese tale of a giant who was raised by humans but never accepted by them.

When a nearby village is overrun with evil beings, the giant will take a chance to be a hero and prove himself to be part of the community he calls home

Upcoming issues will include stories by Brandon Dayton, Jared Cullum, and Feifei Ruan.

Issue #1 goes on sale December 7 2016.

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