We know all about Ariel and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, but where did Ursula come from? That’s the question Dark Horse Comics aims to answer in Disney Villains: Ursula and the Seven Seas, a new mini-series beginning in June 2020 from writer Sherri L. Smith and artist Gabriele Bagnoli.
Writer Sherri L. Smith says:
I’ve always been a fan of the Little Mermaid, both Andersen’s original story and the Disney movie. With Disney Villains: Ursula and the Seven Seas, I was able to add my own twist to those wonderful tales. Remember, for every witch you are told about, there’s a goddess you’ve forgotten. What a treat it is to give Disney’s most decadent villain her due!
The comic is set well before the events of The Little Mermaid film. Ursula was one of seven sea witches, each one ruling one of the Seven Seas with impunity. When one of her sea sisters is stripped of her powers, Ursula must find the culprit. Among the merfolk, there is only one who dares defy the reign of the sea witches.
Artist Gabriele Bagnoli added:
I always loved Ursula’s character because I thought she was really evil and dreadful. I’m so excited to be drawing her origins! It has also been very interesting to characterize her sister witches, and I’ve tried to make them unique and special. In the same way, I tried to give a magical and evocative atmosphere to the undersea landscapes in order to draw every panel with a strong look.
Disney Villains: Ursula and the Seven Seas #1 is set for release on June 24th, 2020.