Emily Thorne a superhero? Well, maybe not quite, but maybe! The dangerous heroine at the heart of ABC’s Revenge, played by Emily VanCamp is about to be the featured character in the hardcover graphic novel Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne, due out this fall on September 3rd from none other than Marvel Comics! The book is written by Erica Schultz and Revenge writer Ted Sullivan, with art by Vincenzo Balzano and Dustin Nguyen.
According to USA Today who had the deets on the story in the book, “For three seasons, viewers have watched Emily Thorne take down various villains and bad sorts — physically, financially and everything in between — to avenge her murdered father, who was framed for treason when she was 9. The graphic novel takes place years before she took the guise of a wealthy Hamptons socialite in the first Revenge episode, and the 19-year-old goes on her first mission in Switzerland after training under her Japanese sensei, Takeda.”
“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,” says Revenge executive producer Sunil Nayar.
“We’re going to the beginning where when things don’t fall into place, she has to think fast on her feet,” say writer Erica Schultz says. “And she doesn’t have the experience she has on the show, so there’s going to be more mistakes and fumbles.” Revenge watchers will see the first time she gave her “crocodile stare” and learned the power she could wield as a wig-wearing blond bombshell, according to Sullivan. The book also answers some important questions for fans, such as what made the girl who grew up as Amanda Clarke switch identities with her former cellmate and why she doesn’t kill.
“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,” Sullivan says. “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.” The scribe finally added, “Revenge, both as a graphic novel and TV show, can fill that void for a lot of fans looking for a kickass character.”
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