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Prince of Persia graphic novel announced

Prince of Persia graphic novel announced

Jordan Mechner wants the new Prince of Persia comic to take the character back to the mythic roots of the story.

The Prince of Persia games have been consistently popular with gamers ever since the first game was released in 1989. For those unfamiliar, the original cast the players as the titular Prince who had one hour, but unlimited lives, to navigate a complex dungeon and rescue The Princess from The Vizier. Games weren't big on naming the characters in those days, y'know.

Having seen a revitalisation in the hearts and minds of gamers recently with the new Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy, series creator, Jordan Mechner, has decided to go ahead and bring the Prince to the comic book format.

Mechner will be working with First Second Books to produce the comic book, or graphic novel if you prefer, which will tell a brand new story about the Prince. It's unclear if the book will be set in the same universe as Sands of Time, or if it will somehow tie into the new game trilogy which is rumoured to be in production, or if the comic will be a completely seperate continuity altogether.

We do know though from an interview at Gamasutra that the comic will have an original storyline though and will not be a simple retelling of previous adventures.

Mechner, who has appointed an anonymous writer for the comic, gave a few details on how he expects the story to pan out;

"His [the writer] mandate was to take Prince of Persia back to the mythic roots of the story, and I think Prince of Persia game fans will be really surprised when they see it. Hopefully they'll like it for giving them something that's deeper and stranger than they would expect from a graphic novel based on a video game."

So, it's still a little blurry and we don't know whether to expect the immature and naive Prince of The Sands of Time, the rebellious and moody emo-kid of Warrior Within or the tortured but wizened hero of The Two Thrones.

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will. 26th July 2007, 16:18 Quote
Next up:

Prince of persia: The film
CardJoe 26th July 2007, 16:31 Quote
In the works actually, but Cameron is tight-lipped about it. A script was leaked a while back, but who knows how much its changed since then?
Redbeaver 27th July 2007, 23:46 Quote
yes and yes.

not a big prince of persia fan (played warrior within coz its $5 in Walmart and i just got a memory-lane shock playing it 10+ years ago on a floppy), but i love comics....

film? yes, im a movie buff too :p
Bauul 28th July 2007, 10:48 Quote
Is it wrong when I read " the original cast the players as the titular Prince" I imagined Meat Loaf in Fight Club? Anyway...

I think there's enough back story and character depth to translate well to both a graphic novel and a film, if they can agree on what the character is like (the difference between personalities in Sands of Time and Warrior Within was startling, as was the Prince's sudden appreciation for Godsmack), it'd make a cool story. And hopefully they'll get Monica Bellucci back as the Empress of Time and all her really-far-too-indecent clothing that came with it.
CardJoe 28th July 2007, 11:53 Quote
The difference between the two characters in the game is intentional. He is supposed to be young and naive, pompous and so on in SOT. Then he is hunted by the Dhaka for years and is involved in years of wars (covered in the DS Battles of Prince of Persia game) which makes him bitter, twisted and emo - thus becoming the Warrior Within. By the end of the game though he has battled through it and is able to approach life with a better outlook - the more normal, but boring prince from The Two Thrones. Unfortunately, he still has a dark side that rears its heads as The Dark Prince until he finally overcomes it.
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