- Posted by Johanna on August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Well, it’s nice to see some people don’t change with age. Stan Lee has a new project, and the hype around it is just as hyperbolic as the praise he spewed in his prime. From the press release:
Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics announced today that they will debut Romeo and Juliet: The War at New York Comic Con 2011. Stan Lee will be on hand to showcase the book and sign special limited edition mini posters promoting the title.
Yes, this marks the first press release I’ve seen for the October New York show. Can’t be too early, I guess — although I fear readers may forget they’ve heard about it two months from now. The book itself will be in stores at the end of November.
The credits are typical for this kind of project — Stan Lee “created the story” with Terry Dougas, one of the “entrepreneurs” behind 1821, “a new comic book/graphic novel company … devoted to bringing exciting, eye-popping new titles to the world of comics … highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.” Leaving aside the idiocy of someone claiming they created the story behind a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet — heck, it wasn’t even original to Shakespeare — the actual work is being done by Skan Srisuwan (artist) and Max Work (writer). Let’s look at the plot description:
Romeo and Juliet: The War takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the Montagues and Capulets found themselves a new enemy: each other.
Wow, robots and superheroes. That’s new. And here’s Stan again:
“This is the graphic novel I’ve always dreamed of doing. Take one of the world’s greatest stories, known and loved throughout the globe, place it against the background of a future age, a more violent, science-gone-mad age — embellish it with the most powerful, dazzling, illustrations ever seen, and produce it in the largest, most impressive format of all. Romeo and Juliet: The War! It’s the crowning achievement in this, the age of the graphic novel.”
There will also be a digital edition available through unique iPhone and Android applications. No price information on either print or digital is available.