the original 12-issue series that chronicled Hamlet's exile to a land inhabited by Shakespeare's other characters (as is the Bard himself), but he's just not the focus of the sequel. Romeo is. Having lost the love of Juliet TO Hamlet, he falls prey to the bottle, and seeking redemption, leads the cast of characters to Prospero's island. Prospero is cast as an evil wizard who wants to usurp his creator's power, but finds being a writer isn't as easy as it seems. Andy Belanger's art isn't as dark in this 5-issue arc - the panels are laid out on a white page rather than a black one for the most part - and I find the desaturation pleasing and airy. Writers Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col provide the same kind of fantasy, literate and filled with repurposed quotes, while practicing a certain amount of revisionism as well. It's not to be taken seriously by Shakespearean scholars, but at the same time also has something to say about literature. I'm awaiting the next chapter.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
V.i. The Gravedigger Scene