Check out a first look at the series and Sommariva’s character designs in the slideshow gallery below:
Neverlanders Reveals the Dark Future of the Peter Pan Universe
“A few years ago I was away in Fiji with my family, and I was supposed to not be working,” said Taylor in a statement. “I didn’t even have my laptop with me. But one night, instead of sleeping, the idea of Neverlanders came to me. Over the next few hours, I filled a hotel notebook with the start of this story. Before I fell asleep, I’d already messaged Jon Sommariva with the idea, and the biggest twists and turns.”
Taylor continued, “Neverlanders is a story for now. It feels like the exact right time for an epic tale of young people fighting for their future and standing against short-sighted, greedy adults.”
Neverlanders is the best of both worlds,” said Sommariva. “There is a familiarity to Neverland and its inhabitants, but we are also able to use that as a starting point to create a whole new set of characters and creatures along with our version of Neverland. I get to draw and reimagine mermaids, goblins, pirates, fairies and our version of the lost ones. It’s an artists dream playground.”
Neverlanders will be published through Random House Publishing’s imprint Razorbill. Random House won exclusive English language rights to the first two Neverlanders graphic novels in an auction. The first volume is expected to be released in Summer 2022.
Taylor is also the co-creator of The Deep, a science fiction graphic novel series that inspired the Netflix animated series of the same name. While it remains to be seen if Neverlanders will get an animated adaptation of its own, it certainly seems ripe for that treatment.For now, fans can look for Taylor’s work in Injustice Year Zero, a prequel set before the fateful day Superman killed the Joker, and superhero zombie comics like DCeased 2 and DCeased: Hope at World’s End.
And if you’re hungry for more dark updates to popular fairy tales, why not check out the “Mad Max meets Wizard of Oz” series The O.Z.?
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