Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…
We’ve all heard that line before. The vision of three cackling witches, hunched over their cauldron, evil brewing away – it’s an iconic image, whether or not you’ve read or seen Macbeth, the Shakespeare play that gave birth to that famous line. In October, Archaia is giving us Toil and Trouble, a limited series that gives the witches all the power as they control Scotland’s fate and the destiny of a king.
BOOM! announced that Mairghread Scott from Transformers will be writing the series, with new artists Kelly and Nicole Matthews debuting their artwork. Kyla Vanderklugt, whose artwork I almost wept over while reading Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, is doing the main cover for the first issue, above. Look at that cover and tell me this isn’t going to be a beautiful piece – just like we expect from Archaia.
From BOOM!: “Toil and Trouble takes the coolest parts of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and flips it around to show how these three powerful witches were pulling the strings the whole time,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Mairghread has crafted a story of three incredible women whose desires will shape a country’s destiny, and Kelly and Nichole infuse that story with beautiful, lush artwork crackling with magic. I think even the Bard himself would co-sign this.”
The three Fates—Riata, Cait, and Smertae—have always guided and protected Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion. When there is a disagreement in the sisterhood, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.
“[Toil and Trouble is] a gorgeously drawn story of a battle for ancient Scotland, that is secretly watched over by three feuding witches and their familiars,” tweeted writer Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Secret Six), who got to read an advance copy. “Absolutely one of my favorite new books. I can’t wait for the next issue, it feels like a TOP-NOTCH fantasy novel, but with adorable art.”
Toil and Trouble #1 (of 6) (formerly The Third Witch) arrives in comic shops on September 2nd for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL151089. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Meredith McClaren, and a retailer incentive cover by Haemi Jang (Clive Barker’s Next Testament). The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 10th.
TOIL AND TROUBLE
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Kelly and Nicole Matthews
Cover Artists: Kyla Vanderklugt (main), Meredith McClaren (10-Year Incentive), Haemi Jang (retailer incentive)
On-Sale: September 2, 2015
Diamond ID: JUL151089