Stan Lee reinterprets Romeo & Juliet

Comic book icon Stan Lee is offering a futuristic interpretation of William Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo & Juliet.

Lee created the graphic novel – titled Romeo & Juliet: The War – with the help of industry veterans Terry Dougas and Skan Srisuwan (art).

Written by Max Work, the sci-fi book tells the story of two groups of superhuman soldiers who turn the Empire of Verona into the most powerful territory on Earth. 

The official synopsis is thus:

“The Montagues are powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the Capulets, genetically-enhanced humans, are known for their speed and agility, who work in tandem to destroy all threats to Verona. With no one left to fight, they have a new enemy – each other.

“When a young Montague boy and Capulet girl fall in love, they secretly plan to marry, hoping their union will bring peace to the warring factions. But forces beyond their control begin to conspire against them, threatening their love, their lives…and the Empire of Verona. 

Romeo & Juliet: The War is published under the auspices of 1821 Comics, which has already released a number of notable graphic novels, including “Abiding Perdition,” “Hero Petz” and “Warlords: Brotherhood.”

The 140-page graphic novel is available from Amazon in both an oversized hardcover collector’s edition ($19.79) as well as a softcover version ($13.95).