San Diego Comic-Con is off and running, with all the comic book publishers vying for attention from the 24-hour comics news media. It's nice to feel wanted. Titan Comics' latest attempt to snag a piece of that sweet publicity pie comes by offering a first look preview at the Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince prequel comic, set in the universe of author V.E. Schwab's bestselling fantasy novel series, Shades of Magic. The comic is illustrated by artist Andrea Olimpieri and colored by Enrica Angiolini. A press release provides more details:
Titan Comics' brand-new comics are the first in a line of exciting new properties spinning out from the worldwide phenomenon, including; a film adaptation, and a new novel, Threads of Power, announced for 2020. V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic books have sold over 200,000 copies in the USA alone, and are available in over 20 countries.
V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series features parallel versions of London, each with their own rules – Grey London, a drab realm devoid of magic ruled by mad King George; Red London, where life and magic is revered under the strong Maresh Dynasty; White London, a harsh world where people fight magic, and magic fights back, draining the city to its core; and finally, the menacing Black London – but no-one dares to speak its name.
In Titan's new Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince series, young and unruly Prince Maxim of Red London is sent to the lawless city of Verose after disobeying the King. Little does he know that a fate worse than exile awaits him on the Blood Coast…
Shades of Magic creator V.E. Schwab said:
I'm thrilled to share the stunning covers and first interior art for The Steel Prince. Maxim Maresh became one of the most controversial figures in the Shades of Magic series, more often seen as an antagonist than a hero. But The Steel Prince paints a different picture of the young man, long before he was king. It has taken incredible talent to bring his journey to life on the page. The artistry with which Andrea and Enrica have captured young Maxim borders on true magic. I can't wait for readers to see the rest of the story and the beautiful artwork in The Steel Prince this fall.
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1 has covers by Claudia Ianniciello, Tomm Coker, and Andrea Olimpieri, plus book style cover. Issue #1 hits stores in October, but if you're at San Diego Comic-Con, you can pick up the Shades of Magic #0 ashcan and meet V.E. Schwab at the Shades of Magic panel on Friday July 20, 2018 at 12pm in Room 4. After the panel, Schwab will hold a Shades of Magic #0 ashcan signing at 1:30pm at Titan Comics booth #5537.