'Highlander' Comic Book Series Launching In 2017 (Exclusive)

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Courtesy of Andrea Mutti/IDW Publishing
It's a kind of magic, again.

There can only be one … more.

Fresh off reinventing the Transformers, G.I. Joe and other Hasbro franchises with its Revolution miniseries, IDW Publishing has announced that it will be reviving another fan-favorite SF property in 2017, with Highlander set to return as a comic book miniseries early next year.

The new series will take place before the original 1986 feature, which starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery as two long-lived warriors locked in a centuries-old battle to become the last living immortal on the planet … as long as they can escape being decapitated by the villainous Kurgan along the way.

Written by Scottish fantasy novelist Brian Ruckley, the series will include flashbacks to Civil War-era Pennsylvania and mid-20th century New York as the reader gets to follow Connor MacLeod — Lambert's character in the movie — as he settles in the U.S. and hides his true immortal nature from those around him.

"In the 30 years since its release, Highlander has inspired a massive cult following that craves new stories based on the original film," editor Denton Tipton said in a statement about the project, which follows multiple movie sequels and both animated and live-action TV spin-offs. "Brian has crafted an exciting narrative that will honor and bolster the underpinnings of [the original story]. Also, epic sword fights!"

The series will be illustrated by Rebels artist Andrea Mutti (responsible for the portrait artwork seen in this story; Dan McDaid is responsible for the There Can Be Only One promo image above) and will debut in February.

Nov. 14, 4:03 p.m.: Updated to add Dan McDaid's art credit.