BOOM! Studios announced today JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SHAPESHIFTERS, a brand new four-issue comic book series based on the Emmy Award-winning classic television show, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. Each issue will feature a new creative team, with the first issue by writer Andre R. Frattino (Simon Says: Nazi Hunter), artist Nori Retherford, colorist Kieran Quigley and letterer Jim Campbell, spinning a fresh new tale about the ancient Celtic myth of the swan Children of Lir, available in March 2022.
Fans of this enchanting series can look forward to stories about shapeshifters of lore by acclaimed creative teams such as award-winning author Darcie Little Badger (Elatsoe) with artist Alexandra Fastovets (Genu) and colorist James Fenner (The Sacrifice ofDarkness), illustrator and cartoonist Em Niwa, and comics writer Deron Bennett (Quixote) with artist Bruka Jones (Perdita Aside).
In JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SHAPESHIFTERS #1, Dain, a nefarious, power-hungry magic user and Lir’s brother-in-law, plots to steal the throne from Lir and his family by turning Lir’s children into swans and ascending the throne himself. While Fionna, the eldest child, attempts to find a way to break their curse, the swan-children are forced to wander near and far for nearly a thousand years. They endure much hardship and sorrow but face the curse together . . . finding solace and strength in one another.
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SHAPESHIFTERS #1 will feature main cover art by illustrator Mike del Mundo (House of Slaughter) and variant cover art by artist Mateus Manhanini (Miles Morales: Spider-Man).
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen, Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; The Short While by Jeremy Sorese; Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure by Jeff Jensen and George Schall; Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra, and licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak, as well asJim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.
Print copies of JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SHAPESHIFTERS #1 will be available for sale in March 2022 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.