'Helm Greycastle' Brings Aztec Spin to Fantasy Comics

Helm Graycastle
Rahmat M. Handoko/Image Comics
The new series comes from 'La Voz De M.A.Y.O.' writer Henry Barajas and artists Rahmat M. Handoko and Bryan Valenza.

The future of fantasy arrives this spring, courtesy of Helm Graycastle, a new comic book series that takes a fresh look at the genre — and introduces some unexpected new players as a result.

Created by Henry Barajas, Rahmat M. Handoko, and Bryan Valenza, the new series is set in a world where the Aztec Empire defeated the Spanish Conquistadors, leading the creation of Aztec Mexica — a nation ruled by Montezuma… at least until the resistance manages to overthrow him and free the people. But how does the kidnapping of the last dragon prince play into events as they unfold?

Helm Greycastle, released through Image Comics by Top Cow Productions, is described by the publisher as a Latinx fantasy series, and the main story will be accompanied by a Latinx RPG by Tristan J. Tarwater, with illustrations from Jen Vaughn.

La Voz De M.A.Y.O. opened my eyes to how ignorant I am to my ingenious roots as a Mexican-American,” writer Barajas told The Hollywood Reporter, referencing his acclaimed debut comic, based on the life of real-life veteran and civil rights leader Ramon Jaurigue. “Helm Greycastle is a love letter to J. R. R. Tolkien and Dungeons and Dragons — and showing people of color that they can exist in this space, too."

With a first issue featuring covers from Handoko and Valenza, David Lapham (Stray Bullets), Tony Parker (God of War) and Becky Cloonan (Immortal Wonder Woman), the series launches digitally and in comic book stores April 28.