Marvel Comics and ABC Studios have announced Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, a graphic novel hardcover to be released by Marvel Comics that is an extension of the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time. The story will be plotted by series writer & co-producer Dan Thomsen, and co-written by Corinna Bechko (Planet of The Apes). Art will come from Nimit Malavia, Vasilis Lolos, Mike Del Mundo, Stephanie Hans, and Mike Henderson.
What’s even more exciting about this graphic novel is that it’s not just some one shot story, it actually fits into the TV show’s continuity proper. Does that mean fans of the graphic novel will see hints of that story in some future episode of the TV series?
At this point no one is saying that will happen but Adam Sanderson, Senior Vice President of Franchise Management for the Disney-ABC Television Group, had this to say:
“Shadow of the Queen will bring fans a whole new thread of the intriguing backstory between Regina and the Huntsman – in a uniquely Marvel way. We hope this brand extension will further deepen the engagement our viewers have with one of ABC’s signature series.”
With David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Sales, Print, and Digital Media, adding:
“Once Upon a Time fans are in for a treat with this incredible story that reveals some shocking secrets about Regina and the Huntsman”, said . “It’s been a pleasure to work with ABC to create a line of high quality original graphic novels that bring new fans into comic stores and also allow us to introduce great franchises like Once Upon a Time to our die-hard fans.”
If you aren’t informed the story of Once Upon a Time in a nutshell is that an evil queen cast a spell on fairy tale land that brought every fairy tale character you’ve ever heard of to a small town in our world. None of them realized it at first. They all only thought they were regular citizens of the town (that just so happened to act like fairy tale characters). One boy did realize it though and he set a path that changed the little town forever. The plot for the comic from Marvel goes like this:
In Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, the Evil Queen has, quite literally, captured the Huntsman’s heart. With the Huntsman a slave, experience the never-before-told tale behind their twisted relationship””and what happens when a good man is forced to do bad. And when Regina cooks up yet another devious plan to capture Snow White the Huntsman comes face-to-face with his past — including 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?
We don’t have pricing or a release date yet but as soon as they’re announced we’ll send ’em your way!