In geekdom, we see a lot of teasers. Sometimes it’s just an image or the name of a creator, other times it’s a trailer or a simple tag line. Whatever it is, it’s meant to get a reaction from you and start a discussion. Inspired by the anticipation and buzz caused by these teasers, we at Fantastic Fangirls present Skipping to Conclusions in which we speculate about the comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever we’re excited about but hasn’t come out yet.
Marvel has announced a Once Upon a Time graphic novel. Let me repeat that. Marvel has announced a Once Upon a Time 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 announce ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, an all-new original graphic novel hardcover inspired by the popular series. Plotted by series writer and co-producer Dan Thomsen and co-written by Corinna Bechko, 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, Stephanie Hans and Mike Henderson
Okay, there are many obvious reasons why this is exciting for me. I’ve mentioned how important the show is to me and even gone so far as to suggest that Peter Parker and Henry Mills should totally meet up (aside: in that same vein, Miles Morales and Henry Mills should totally be BFF. They can bond over legacies and expectations and learning the world you know is not the only one there is. Someone make this happen). I love pretty much everything involved in this endeavor: fairy tales, comic books, Marvel, Disney, Storybrooke… here are some of the various artists’ work:
So that will be beautiful!
And then, here’s the story:
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?
It’s an Evil Queen story! It’s Hunstman backstory! Including an independent spirit in Red Riding Hood! I cannot contain my glee!
But there is one more conclusion I am skipping to. Disney as Marvel’s parent company has been great for the movies and I love the abundance of Spider-Man merchandise alongside Cinderella merchandise in my local mall but the impact on comics hasn’t been as positively reviewed. But this move is exciting for me. This is Disney using Marvel to expand their television audience with comics and maybe, just maybe, their comic book audience with fairy tales. Once Upon a Time is extremely comic-booky. All the complaints (and/or commendations) about it’s wide scope and cast of thousands and non-linear plot and spectrum of grey characters and even the obsession with Daddy Issues are things that comic book fans are used to because comic books, and especially Marvel comic books, are built on them. This is Disney marketing (or at least aiming) comic books to their Princess fans. To the people who buy their dolls and go to their parks and watch their Sunday night family hour show. To moms and little girls. To me and my daughter. And I CANNOT WAIT to buy it. Where do I preorder?