(NEW YORK) — The Handmaid’s Tale, the novel from Margaret Atwood that became a 1990 film, a stage production, and most recently, an Emmy-winning Hulu drama, is getting graphic. That is to say, the series has inspired its first graphic novel, which was published by Doubleday Books and released today.
Canadian artist Renée Nault, whose work can be seen in the Los Angeles Times, was hand-selected by Atwood to adapt her novel, set in a repressive, dystopian future.
Nault’s rendering of Atwood’s heroine, Offred, and her trials in the misogynistic Republic of Gilead are haunting, and a perfect match for the book’s setting. In Gilead, some women are enslaved and forced to breed for the repressive society’s infertile upper classes.
Incidentally, this wouldn’t be the first time Atwood’s work has been found among costumed heroes and other graphic novel staples. Her first-ever New York Times #1 bestseller was Angel Catbird, a comic about an animal hybrid superhero.
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