PENNY DREADFUL to live on as a comic series

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Many fans were left disappointed when Penny Dreadful was discontinued by Showtime. Especially considering the series had only been going on for 3 seasons and there still appeared so much more story to tell. However, fear not dedicated fans as the series is coming back. As a comic series by Titan Comics.

The news, as reported by comicbook.com, reports the new comic book will run canonical to the television series. Penny Dreadful will continue to expand its universe through a series of comic issues which dig into the pasts of the series characters like Dorian Gray and more. The setting for the comic will take place six months after the show ends.

For those unfamiliar with the popular TV show that brought a variety of popular supernatural character together, first premiered in September 2014, you read the official synopsis below:

In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famous characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light — came together in Victorian London. The ensemble cast of the television series was led by Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill) and Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Casino Royale). Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), Reeve Carney (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) also starred.

Speaking about the future of the series as a comic book, the series new comic editor Lizzie Kaye, had the following to say:

Like all fans of Penny Dreadful, I am so thrilled that we’re returning to the incredible world of the show. There are a lot of stories left to tell, and there is no one better to tell them than Chris King. What he’s got planned will just take your breath away, and I can’t wait for fans to see it all brought to life by artist Jesús Hérvas.

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While I’m not sure many of the shows fans were necessarily comic book fans, I’m sure many will want to try and get into this series and see how their favourite characters play out in the future. It was a surprising move by Showtime to decide to finish a popular series so soon, but I’m glad the creators are at least looking at other avenues to continue the story.

The press releases also revealed the status of several characters and where they land up following the events of the series (potential spoilers below):

 Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) finds himself unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night.

No word yet on when we can expect the Penny Dreadful comic book series to arrive. I’m interested to see how fans respond to this news and whether the comics will be a success or not.

Last Updated: November 2, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be out changing the world, but I'd rather be running, watching movies, playing games and writing here instead.

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