ABC’s “Revenge” mystery drama will release in comic-book shops this fall, showcasing Emily Thorne’s first “takedown” on her journey of vengeance.
The protagonist of “Revenge,” played by Emily VanCamp in the TV series, will star in the hard-cover graphic novel “Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne,” set to be out on Sept. 3 from Marvel Comics. The book is written by Erica Schultz and TV series writer, Ted Sullivan, with art by Vincenzo Balzano and Dustin Nguyen.
The character of Thorne in “Revenge” serves as a modern female version of Edmond Dantes, the lead character from “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas, which is the novel that inspired the series.
The TV series that has been running for three seasons now, shows Thorne avenging her father’s murder who was framed for treason when she was nine. The graphic novel will begin from the years before Thorne takes on the guise of a wealthy Hamptons socialite in the first episode of “Revenge.”
"The parts of the history we're bursting to tell is the origin of the woman you see that shows up in the pilot, as differentiated from the girl who was thrown into (juvenile detention) when her dad was taken from her," Sunil Nayar, executive producer of “Revenge,” reportedly said.
Schultz reportedly said: “We're going to the beginning where when things don't fall into place, she has to think fast on her feet.” She added: “And she doesn't have the experience she has on the show, so there's going to be more mistakes and fumbles.”
She reportedly added that what Thorne fans see on-screen is "the sum of all the lessons learned and beatings taken in this graphic novel." According to reports, the book will be answering a lot of important questions for fans.
Sullivan reportedly told USA Today: “There is a difference between Emily and a regular vigilante. She's not Charles Bronson — she doesn't put a bullet in someone's head."
"She is a comic-book character. She has an identity — she's a rich person who poses as a socialite during the day and at night exacts vengeance. Because she is such a complicated character and has a lot of villains in her past, graphic novels are a really natural fit."
Sullivan also adds that it’s not just the “traditional fanboys” who read comics these days. “There's an often-underserved female audience out there, and Revenge, both as a graphic novel and TV show, can fill that void for a lot of fans looking for a kickass character.”