Shakespeare to Receive ‘Shock Treatment’ in AfterShock’s OBERON

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A new spin on William Shakespeare’s 1595-96 comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is en route, via the creative duo of Ryan Parrott and Milos Slavkovic, titled, Oberon.

The upcoming AfterShock series will serve as a different take on the Shakespearean play as a supernatural folk adventure. The story will follow Lord Oberon, the King of Fairies, who has been deceived by Queen Titania, who proceeds in exiling him to planet Earth. He then casts his sights on Bonnie Blair, a 10-year-old ‘Chosen One’, who is destined to one day conquer an ancient evil, to make her his new weapon in an attempt to recapture his throne.

“I grew up on classic fantasy and fairy tales so I’ve always been on the lookout for a story that could subvert some of the standard settings and characters — and more accurately mirror our modern world — where heroes and villains are sometimes interchangeable,” Parrott stated. “If you look at some hallmarks of popular fantasy — it’s traditional for a guide to lead naive characters (and the audience) through new magical worlds, explain the rules and give insight. I personally love villains. I can’t get enough of characters that are gleefully self-serving, so I thought — what if the guide that was leading you was completely unreliable and serving their own devious motives? How would you even know? That’s the black little heart at the center of Oberon.”

See below for a sneak peek at Cover A and Cover B and keep an eye out for Oberon #1, which lands on shelves on Feb. 6, 2019, from AfterShock Comics.

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Click HERE for an exclusive look at a preview for the first issue, as revealed by SyFy Wire.

What do you think, are you excited for a new fantasy comics series? What other past famous plays or poems would you like to see get the comic book touch? Let us know in the comments section below.

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