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NYCC ’10 | Stan Lee working on sci-fi Romeo and Juliet graphic novel

Romeo and Juliet: The War

Romeo and Juliet: The War

The busiest man in comics keeps getting busier, as Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Pictures are teaming up for three new graphic novels.

Per Deadline Hollywood, Lee and Terry Douglas will write the first one, Romeo and Juliet: The War, which sets William Shakespeare’s famous lovers in a futuristic setting. Skan Srisuwan will provide the art, and the book is due out in the spring.

Here’s the description of the project provided by Deadline: “Two groups of superhuman soldiers turn the Empire of Verona into the most powerful territory on earth. The Montagues (powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA) team with the Capulets (genetically enhanced humans with super speed and agility) to destroy all threats to Verona. When they succeed, they turn on one another in a race for total dominance. In this volatile backdrop, a young Monague boy and Capulet girl fall in love and plan to marry in secret.”

Bleeding Cool reported last month that 1821 Pictures is getting into the comics game with Stan Lee, in addition to working on a documentary called Stan Lee: True Believer. The production company previously worked on The Invention Of Lying, The Box and Swing Vote.

The news of Lee’s newest project follows closely on the heels of his other newly announced project, that he’s creating superheroes for the National Hockey League.

Update: You can find more information in the official press release.



Futuristic Romeo & Juliet and Hockey comics. Good luck with that.

Not to say that everything been done before, but the Romeo and Juliet thing sounds superficially similar to Gonzo’s 2007 anime Romeo x Juliet. They’ve added superpowered androids and subtracted the environmental catastrophe and social commentary about NeoVerona.

With the X Japan collab, a new Madhouse Ironman series (which seems totally uninspired), and a new Heroman (the generic name is supposed to be deliberate) concept animated by Bones just finishing its run, it looks like Stan is going full-bore anime.

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