Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen" (Comic Preview)

ABC's Once Upon A Time is getting the comic book treatment. (In case you're wondering, Grimm is already well into their comic franchise).

Titled One Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen, the story is not a retelling of any OUAT content exactly but is an additional backstory of what happened between the Huntsman and the Queen, in between some of the story lines played out on the OUAT series.

In this post are the preview pages that have surfaced so far from Marvel. (ABC are releasing a new page each Wednesday via the OUAT website but they appear to be releasing the same content).

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Some details from mid-April:
The book follows on from the events of the season one episode 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter' in Fairy Tale Land.
It centres around the fate of the Huntsman after he is taken prisoner by Regina.
"We wanted to explore some new narrative territory that the show hadn't fully covered yet," said editor Emily Shaw.
"The Huntsman was perfect. Fans love him, he's such a compelling character, but his background is still pretty mysterious. Especially when it comes to his servitude to Regina, the Evil Queen."

Here's the current press release (which I'm a little irked at, since they use the phrase "fabled storybook characters" :/ ):
Marvel Entertainment & Disney-ABC Television Unveil Your First Look At The “Once Upon a Time” Hardcover Graphic Novel  
Dive into the immersive world of ABC’s Once Upon a Time like never before as Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC Television Group are proud to unveil your first look at Mike Del Mundo’s pages to Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen! The first official graphic fiction tie-in to the hit ABC series takes fans deep into the world of Fairy Tale Land, where  the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with are real, with the forces of good and evil locked in an epic struggle! 
Plotted by series writer & producer Daniel T. Thomsen, co-written by Corinna Bechko (Planet of The Apes), this landmark release fits into the official continuity of Once Upon a Time and features the lush art of Nimit Malavia, Vasilis Lolos, Mike Del Mundo, Mike Henderson and Michael Kaluta. 

The Evil Queen has, quite literally, captured the Huntsman's heart -- and now he's her slave.  This is the never-before-told tale behind their twisted relationship -- and what happens when a good man is forced to do bad.   
When Regina cooks up yet another devious plan to capture Snow White -- this time by allying with a pack of power-hungry werewolves -- the Huntsman comes face-to-face with his past -- and an independent spirit in Red Riding Hood that just may match his own.  Can these two break free of the forces that bind them and save Snow White?  When put to the test, where will the Huntsman's loyalties lie?  Has the Evil Queen stolen his heart in more ways than one?   
Find out in Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen available on September 4th in book stores, comic shops, the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.
There are a few more pages available to see HERE.

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