Marvel will explore Once Upon a Time origin stories in new graphic novel

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Jan 23, 2015, 5:25 PM EST (Updated)

It never really went away, but ABC's fairy-tale series Once Upon a Time has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence this season. Now in its fourth year, the show gained a lot of attention with a storyline that inserted characters from Disney's Frozen into its already fairy-tale-packed world, and it's heading into 2015 with a story that features a three-villain teamup. So it's a good time to be a fan of the magic-filled town known as Storybrooke and the numerous fairy-tale characters who populate it, and Marvel Comics is about to add to the fun.

The publisher announced today that it will release its second Once Upon a Time original graphic novel this spring, but instead of telling a single story, the book will deliver an anthology of tales that delve into the origins of many fan-favorite characters. Titled Out of the Past, the book will feature the young sailor known as Killian Jones on board the Jolly Roger before he became the infamous Captain Hook, the earliest moments of the romance that would blossom between Belle and Rumpelstiltskin, and the Evil Queen Regina on a journey to confront her own past demons in the Enchanted Forest. Plus, for those of you who were fans of the spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the book will also feature the origin of the Mad Hatter and will tell the tale that led him to lock away his magic hat. 

The stories will be written by Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen graphic novel writer Corinna Bechko and Once Upon a Time TV writer Kalinda Vasquez, and they'll be teaming up with a slew of talented artists including Janet Lee (Dapper Men), Pascal Campion (Sherman and Peabody), Vanesa Del Rey (Sinatoro), Betsy Peterschmidt (Boys with Wings) and cover artist Stacey Lee (Silk). It's 112 pages of Once magic.

So if you're a fan who just can't get enough of the Once Upon a Time World, be on the lookout for Out of the Past when it hits comic-book stores on April 1, 2015.