Steve Niles and Matt Santoro wrote the three-issue Breath of Bones mini-series, with artwork by Dave Wachter, who received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his work. The story is set during World War II, centering on a Jewish community that is discovered by the Nazis after a British plane crashes into their village. As the Nazi soldiers advance on their land, a Rabbi and his grandson construct a massive Golem monster to help defend them from the Third Reich. In Jewish folklore, a Golem is a creature made of clay that is brought to life through the use of magic charms or sacred words.
Here's what Steve Niles had to say about Breath of Bones, which was published in 2012.
"Telling a story can be tough. It's the one monster rooted in religion and mysticism so I wanted to be respectful. I decided to tell it as a World War 2 fable. It's a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to make a monster to defend his village against a Nazi invasion."
Director Andrew Adamson added that he became a fan right after seeing the front cover.
"From the moment I saw the cover art, I knew this had the makings of a new classic."
Andrew Adamson is best known for directing Shrek and Shrek 2. His other directorial credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Mister Pip and Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away.