God of War: B is for Boy is an upcoming ABC Storybook

God of War: B is for Boy is an upcoming ABC Storybook

It's not quite appropriate for children, though.

LizardRock by LizardRock on Jul 07, 2020 @ 07:38 AM (Staff Bios)
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Kratos has a violent past. But the exploits of God of War 2018 gave him the patience needed for adulthood. Following that logic, it only makes sense that there would be an official God of War children's book. Introducing God of War: B is For Boy.

Okay, we SAY children's book, but there's some strong language that might not be appropriate for all children. All the same, God of War: B is For Boy is a picture book adaption of the story presented in the award winning 2018 action game. The story follows Kratos and his son Atreus as they venture through a Norse world full of unwelcome gods.

Written by Andrea Robinson and illustrated by Romina Tempest, the storybook follows the classic ABC format, following the letters of the alphabet to give examples of the story's progress. Tempest spoke with Polygon about the format, explaining that some aspects of the story have been shortened or modified to fit within the 26 letter theme. They also spoke about how the dynamic between Kratos and his son changed in that game, something they wanted to capture in the art.

Although gory, the game's story doesn't tend to center on that, but instead focuses on the relationship between a father and son (with the gore amplifying the graveness of the tale). The presence of Atreus introduces a sense of innocence that wasn't present in the original games. I think the light-hearted art style helps to complement that innocence, but contrasts well with the darker moments.


God of War: B is For Boy will be published by Insight Editions, the firm known for books like The Fallout cookbook. The storybook will officially release on September 1, 2020 for $16.99. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon.

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