The comic series published by Dark Horse, The Once and Future Queen, published in the first two issues, but has now been converted into a trade edition that will reach shops on November 1st, 2017, according to Dark Horse.
The series, written by Adam P. Knave and DJ Kirkbride, drawn by Nicholas Brokenshire, and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic, is very progressive, featuring a diverse team of heroes, led by Indian American female chess playing 19 year old Rani who discovers she’s the next King Arthur, and her reimagined Knights of the Round table in her gay female sword-wielding friend Gwen and African American bike speedster Lance. They battle the invasion of terrifying forces from the land of the Fae in a story that spans from the UK to the Pacific Northwest.
The story is packed with remarkable artwork by Nicholas Brokenshire, we featured the series and Brokenshire in a delightful two-part interview here on Comicon.com. You can find the first part here, and the second part here.
This was a project that I originally had the pleasure of working on at Dark Horse as an editor in its early stages, and though I’m saddened to hear that the single issues of the comic will not be published, I am glad to learn that a trade edition is forthcoming so fans can follow the story, and it can reach a new wave of readers in shops, schools, and libraries.
From the same team who created the long-running Amelia Cole, published by Monkeybrain and IDW, perhaps we’ll even see more from the series beyond the first trade if the team decide to keep going on the creator-owned property.
Writer Adam P. Knave says on his blog:
Thank you to everyone who picked up issues #1 and #2 and enjoyed them. We won’t let you down. This story has been an amazingly good time to create, and we want you to have the same good time reading it. Also, you know, some of the stuff you’ll see in the trade… the Gwen/Rani/Lance stuff people think they know where that’s going and y’all are wrong so far, which is delightful. Bigger plot things going on that… It’s exciting, it’s fun, and we stand behind it every step of the way. So yeah, thank you guys! And don’t forget to order The Once and Future Queen trade paperback at Darkhorse.com, Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble!
We wish Adam, DJ, Nick, and Frank all the best in completing their book, and encourage readers to check out this unique and inspiring creator-owned project.