Comics: And Robo Romeo Had His Cyber Juliet

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics announce Romeo and Juliet: The War.

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San Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics will join forces to create Romeo and Juliet: The War, an OGN [original graphic novel] that puts a radical sci-fi genetic twist in the DNA of the Bard’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

Romeo and Juliet: The War takes place in the far-flung futuristic Empire of Verona. It is the single greatest power of this brave new world, in no small part due to the literally superhuman efforts of two families of genetically and cyber-enhanced warriors, the Montagues and Capulets. These two lineages fought together against all outside threats to Verona, only to turn their endless war inward, upon one another, once they had vanquished all other foes.

But when two of their fairest and youngest find peace in each other’s arms, will love be allowed to flourish, or will hatred and war continue to have their way?

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“This is the graphic novel I’ve always dreamed of doing,” stated Lee. “Take one of the world’s greatest stories, known and loved throughout the globe, place it against the background of a future age, a more violent, science-gone-mad age—embellish it with the most powerful, dazzling illustrations ever seen and produce it in the largest, most impressive format of all [and you have] Romeo and Juliet: The War! It’s the crowning achievement in this, the age of the graphic novel.”

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In many ways, this is but the most recent evidence that Stan “The Man” Lee’s career is experiencing a second Renaissance. He is probably most famous co-creating many of the most popular characters of modern American comics—including Spider-Man, the members of the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Hulk, and many more—while running Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

Although he’s always kept active creatively, over the past few years this dynamic elder statesman of comics and his company have worked with a variety of independent comics and manga publishers to launch wave after wave of new ongoing monthly titles and OGN series at a dizzying pace. And while it may be true that he’s not as hands on as he once was, everything they’ve released bears his indelible stamp of originality and wide-eyed wonder.

Romeo and Juliet: The War is being released in November, 2011, as a deluxe oversized coffee table book in both soft and hard cover. The story was created by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, and features art work by Skan Srisuwan, with a script by Max Work.

Lee plans to appear at 1821 Comics (booth #1458) during the New York Comic-Con this fall in support of the project, and to sign special limited edition Romeo and Juliet: The War mini posters for fans. Those not able to attend the show will still have an opportunity to snag some sweet Stan Lee-signed RaJ:TW swag by hitting the “Like” button on 1821 Comics’ Facebook page.

And you can up your chances of winning by following 1821 Comics on Twitter. Once a week, every week 1821 Comics will be picking the names of some random fans who will win signed items. If you’d like to join the publisher’s mailing list, simply send a message to info@1821comics.com with the word “newsletter” in the subject line.

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A veteran journalist who has covered the comics medium since 1998, Bill Baker is also the author of Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee and seven previous books featuring his extended interviews with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and other notable creators. You can learn more about Bill’s work…

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