Starting as a series of fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher has gone on to become a massive international franchise. The video games have sold millions of copies, and Netflix has created a popular series out of it. But did you know that there are comics too?
Published by Dark Horse Comics, these tell new stories starring Geralt, set in the world of the video game series. They’re great for readers who want to revisit the franchise again while they wait for the new game to arrive.
Read on to find out all about The Witcher comics, including what stories are available to read, where you can find them, and much more.
Are the comics based off the books, video games, or Netflix series?
While The Witcher started as a series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, the comics do not adapt them. Instead, the comics are set in the continuity of the video games that were inspired by the books.
The comic book creators have a lot of contact with the CD ProjektRed to makes sure things align with one another. As a result, the characters look and feel as they would in the games.
At the same time, some elements are borrowed directly from the novels. A great example of this is the Fox Children miniseries, which is inspired by a chapter from the novel Season of Storms.
Where can I find the The Witcher comics and graphic novels?
How do I know if I will like The Witcher comics?
No sure if you will like the comics? Dark Horse has put together a free sampler that can check out. It has extended preview pages of the first two miniseries and will give you a good taste of what they’re all about.
What Witcher comics are there?
Over the years, Dark Horse Comics has released many The Witcher miniseries. Each is a self-contained story so you can read them in any order that you like. Take a look below to find out more about each of them.
House of Glass
Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Joe Querio and Carlos Badilla.
Issues: The Witcher: House of Glass #1-5
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 1: House of Glass*
In this first series of The Witcher comics, Geralt enters an eerie mansion in the Brokilon forest. But this is no ordinary mansion, the House of Glass has endless room and is filled with all kinds of terrifying monsters.
Read a preview of The Witcher #1.
*The Witcher Volume 1: House of Glass is out of print and can be hard to find. Dark Horse have reprinted the contents of this miniseries in Library and Omnibus editions. Find out more about those towards the bottom of the page.
Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Joe Querio and Carlos Badilla.
Issues: The Witcher: Fox Children #1-5
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 2: Fox Children**
As part of his travels, Geralt find him on a ship that full of criminals and other questionable people. But that will all pail in comparison when he discovers that there is also another passenger that’s far more monsterous.
This is only comic to be based on material originating from the novels, with it being inspired by a chapter from Season of Storms.
**The Witcher Volume 2: Fox Children is out of print and can be hard to find. Dark Horse have reprinted the contents of this miniseries in Library and Omnibus editions. Find out more about those towards the bottom of the page.
Curse of Crows
Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson.
Issues: The Witcher: Curse of Crows #1-5
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 3: Curse of Crows***
This miniseries is a tale of revenge that stars Geralt and Ciri.
***The Witcher Volume 3: Curse of Crows is out of print and can be hard to find. Dark Horse have reprinted the contents of this miniseries in Library and Omnibus editions. Find out more about those towards the bottom of the page.
Of Flesh and Flame
Written by Aleksandra Motyka. Art by Marianna Stychowska.
Issues: The Witcher: Curse of Crows #1-4
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 4: Of Flesh and Flame
Geralt finds himself in a strange land when he tries to help an old friend. The region is plagued by dark forces, but by defeating them he ends up in more trouble than what he started in.
Aleksandra Motyka was a writer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the Blood and Win DLC.
Written by Bartosz Sztybor. Art by Amad Mir and Hamid Sheykh.
Issues: The Witcher: Fading Memories #1-4
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 5: Fading Memories
Monsters have disappeared and Geralt is forced to find a new occupation in order to make ends meet. But his expertise of his will come in handy when it is found that something is taking children at his new place of work…
Written by Bartosz Sztybor. Art by Vanesa R. Del Rey.
Issues: The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1-4
Collected Edition: The Witcher Volume 6: Witch’s Lament
Geralt has been hired by a wealthy landlord to find his missing daughter, who is suspected to have been taken by witches. At the same time our hero has been plagued with nightmares of a witch who has been giving him an ominous warning.
Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher: Grain of Truth
Written by Jacek Rembis. Art by Jonas Scharf.
This is a graphic novella that adapts Andrzej Sapkowski’s short story of the same name.
The Witcher: Ronin
Written by Rafal Jaki. Art by Hataya.
Originally a Kickstarter run by CD Projeck Red, Ronin is a manga graphic novel which combines The Witcher with Japanese folklore. It sees Geralt face a range of sinister yokai and oni during Edo-period Japan.
The Kickstarter edition was hardcover while the version published by Dark Horse Comics will be softcover.
You can find the softcover version in stores on 19th October if you missed the Kickstarter.
Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Max Bertolini.
Killing Monsters was a mincomic that was available in some regions as a pre-order incentive for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It was later package with the Blood and Wine expansion. It has been since collected in The Witcher Library Edition Volume 1 and The Witcher Omnibus Volume 1.
Reasons of State and Matters of Conscience
Written by Michał Gałek. Art by Arkadiusz Klimek.
Unlike the comics listed above, these ones are not published by Dark Horse. Instead, they come packaged with particular purchases on GOG.com or Steam. The Witcher: Reasons of State comes with The Witcher 2 and Matter of Conscience is a bonus with The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone DLC.
Once there is enough material, Dark Horse Comics will package their comics up into limited run Library Editions. These are oversized hardcovers (in size and page count) that collect the equivalent of three trade paperback collections in one package. They often come with a bunch of extra material too. Find out about the available Library Editions for The Witcher below.
The Witcher Library Edition Volume 1
Collects: The Witcher: House of Glass #1-5, The Witcher: Fox Children #1-5, The Witcher: Curse of Crows #1-5, and The Witcher: Killing Monsters
The Witcher Library Edition Volume 1 also comes with a bunch of bonus content including art by Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Dan Panosian (Slots), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Duncan Fegredo (MPH), and Simon Bisley (Lobo).
The Witcher Library Edition Volume 2
Collects: The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame #1-#4, The Witcher: Fading Memories #1-#4, The Witcher: Witch’s Lament #1-#4, and the Free Comic Book Day 2021 short story “The Witcher: Once Upon a Time in the Woods”
The Witcher Library Edition Volume 2 is available from 13th September, 2022.
After a few years, Dark Horse Comics will phase out a trade paperback collection of a series in favour for the more cost effective omnibus editions. These have the contents of the Library Editions but are cheaper than buying the trade paperbacks editions separately.