Friday, September 17, 2010

Mirror, Mirror from Kickstart Comics

The fairy tale bandwagon keeps getting bigger and I couldn't be more thrilled.

A new comic book company, KickStart Comics, has a new title--Mirror, Mirror--that will be released in the next few months, apparently with Wal-Mart as one of the primary distributors. Release dates are always fluid on this stuff, I've learned, so I thought I would cover it now and if you are interested you can keep your eyes open for it if you ever visit Wal-Mart.  Otherwise, I'm sure it will be available online for ordering, too.

From the Kickstart website:


Written by: Joshua Williamson (comic credits include justice league, DC’s Halloween special, Dear Dracula, Johnny Monster & Necessary Evil)

Pencils/Inks: Lee Moder (comic credits include Painkiller Jane, Legion, Wonder Women, Highlander, Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E., X factor, Red Sonja)

"The Magic Mirror from the Snow White fairy tale was shattered and its pieces hidden across the globe, to be protected by a secret society known as the Huntsmen. Owen Bullfinch, racing against a secret society, searches for the pieces before the mirror can be rebuilt and used for evil."

Yes, it is rather Snow White meets Warehouse 13, etc. Which is very current. And it appears to be more friendlier to a younger age than Fables, judging from the art and the Wal-Mart distribution.

And here's an excerpt from a much longer article about the series at Newsarama:

Newsarama: Joshua, what can you tell us about this book Mirror, Mirror?

Joshua Williamson: Essentially it’s National Treasure meets the Grimm Fairy Tales. It’s written by me, with amazing pages by the great Lee Moder and all wrapped up in a great cover by some guy named Darwyn Cooke. It’s a family adventure book that I think anyone can enjoy.

At the end of the Snow White fairy tale we never heard what happened to the Magic Mirror. In Mirror, Mirror we learn that the magic mirror was manipulating the evil step mother to cause everything bad that happened. After the fairy tale was over, Snow White destroyed the mirror and scattered all the pieces throughout the world to stop it from ever being put back together. There is a secret society called the Huntsmen whose job it’s been to protect those pieces. Even the Grimm Brothers were members who wrote their fairy tales as clues as to where the pieces were hidden and how to find to them again.

But now a member of the Huntsmen has betrayed them and is starting to rebuild the mirror using these clues. The newest member, Owen Grimm, is trying to stop that from happening.

Nrama: How much after the story of Snow White does Mirror, Mirror take place? Is it in modern times or some far away time?

Williamson: It’s all in modern times, with a few flashbacks to the original fairy tale with a few tweaks and to the history of the Huntsmen.

Nrama: Will any of the characters from Snow White be in this, besides the Magic Mirror of course?

Williamson: Aside from the quick flashbacks it’s pretty much only the Magic Mirror... but that doesn’t mean there isn’t someone related to a character from Snow White.
Interesting enough to check it out further...

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