This weekend, Comic-Con refused to be stopped by the pandemic and instead chose to hold remote panels. They are free to watch on their Youtube channel if you’re interested! Some of the high-profile presenters included Noelle Stephenson, L. L. Kinney, and yes, V. E. Schwab! She already had a comics background, having written a Shades of Magic prequel, The Steel Prince. As such, it initially seemed like her panel would only be about the final installment in the series. However, there was something else in the last few minutes of the panel!
Yes, it was an announcement of one more collaboration between the fast-growing fantasy author and Titan Comics! In the panel itself, V. E. Schwab discusses her interest in the “cinematic aesthetic” that the visual format would bring to superpowers described in the book series. However, she did not discuss the actual plotline of the announced spin-off to the Villains series. Instead, she later posted it on her Instagram.
Per the post, the comic will be set between Vicious and Vengeful and will star an entirely new protagonist. Her name is Charlie, and she gains the ability to see people’s deaths and futures in reflective surfaces after a near-death experience. This ability apparently works on her as well, since she predicts her death at the hands of Eli, who is the series’ main antagonist. Not content with dying at the hands of the man who views all people with superpowers as monsters that must be exterminated, she leaves for Merit, the city where the books take place, to avert this.
No information on the art team was provided yet, although we do know that the comic will be out next year. Plenty of time to read both of the books, which are about 1000 pages combined (in paperback format)!