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Shakespeare lives in our exclusive look at AfterShock's new fantasy series, Oberon #1

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Apr 29, 2019, 5:54 AM EDT (Updated)

With comic books touching nearly every corner of world literature and all its genres and subgenres, you'd think the industry would be bound to break out some of The Bard's best plays, but surprisingly there are precious few titles that have ventured into the wealth of Shakespeare's greater works.


AfterShock Comics is boldly breaking into the Stratford-upon-Avon sensation's territory with a fresh adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Oberon #1, delivering a clever fairy tale twist to Shakespeare's classic 1596 comedy, and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive unlettered preview of this intoxicating new series.

Written by Ryan Parrott (Volition) and paired with atmospheric art by Milos Slavkovic, Oberon is a refreshing supernatural adventure delving into the source material with respect and relish of the mercurial fairy folk which inhabited the lusty play.

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Here Lord Oberon, the noble King of the Fairies, has been betrayed by Queen Titania and unceremoniously exiled to Earth, where he begins searching for an innocent "Chosen One" child to manipulate her into becoming his own personal weapon to eventually reclaim his throne. This sacred ten-year-old named Bonnie Blair is prophesied to one day vanquish an ancient evil, but Oberon uses lies and manipulation to deploy her unique gifts in the service of his own personal revenge to regain his crown.

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"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 explained in an AfterShock press release.

“If you look at some hallmarks of popular fantasy -- Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, for example -- it's traditional for a guide to lead naive characters (and the audience) through new magical worlds, explain the rules and give insight. Well, 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."

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Stretch your wings and hover over SYFY WIRE's exclusive peek at AfterShock's Oberon #1, then give your feathers a rest and tell us if this Shakespearean title sounds like something to be trusted when it arrives Feb. 6, 2019.