Zenescope Entertainment revealed this week that they’ve obtained the comic book rights for “Charmed,” a supernatural-themed TV series that aired on the WB Network for eight seasons. Created in 1998 by Constance M. Burge, the series followed three sisters — Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Paige (Rose McGowan) — who were descended from a long line of good witches and tasked to face the forces of evil.
Zenescope’s “Charmed” comic book series will pick up with an original story that takes place after the series’ eighth season. Paul Ruditis and Raven Gregory (“The Gift”) are co-writing the title with artist Dave Hoover (“Captain America”). Ruditis has written several books based on TV series — including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Roswell” — in addition to two “Charmed” novels.
“The key to this series success is to strike a nice balance in creating a brand new, intriguing storyline for fans of the television show while also not alienating Zenescope and comic book readers who haven’t really followed it before but might want to now that it’s a comic,” said Zenescope Editor-in-Chief Ralph Tedesco.
“The great thing is that Paul and Raven have done just that with this story arc,” continued Tedesco. “Anybody will be able to pick up this series and follow it whether or not they ever watched the show before. Moreover, fans of the show are going to be thrilled when they see where this story goes.”
Given the newfound freedoms of the comic book medium, it may even be possible for characters like Prue (one of the original Halliwell sisters portrayed by Shannen Doherty) and Cole Turner (Julian McMahon) to return in some form. Both characters were written out of the “Charmed” TV series when their respective actors left the show.
“Charmed # 0″ will be released in June and the first issue will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
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