In the wake of the television adaptation going to Hulu at the end of the month, The Handmaid’s Tale is aiming to arrive in every format available.
Is there anything more timely now that then release of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu at the end of next month? With daily reminders of how our culture excuses evangelical patriarchal extremism on the news regularly, most recently with Mike Pence and his “refusal to ever be alone with a woman who isn’t his wife”, the Republic of Gilead suddenly doesn’t seem that far-fetched.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Margaret Atwood had released new sections of the novel–an “epilogue to the epilogue” if you will. Said epilogue is in radio play form, and is part of the The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition audiobook that will be arriving on April 14th, a couple of weeks ahead of the show.
Now comes word that book, audiobook and television formats are not enough for Atwood. (Who can blame her, we just elected Trump?) She’s going “full court format”, if you will, to get her story and her accidentally too close to home dystopian story in front of the masses however she can. That now includes a graphic novel, with art by Renee Nault.
According to Comics Beat:
The book will be published by Penguin Random House, eventually. (Nault’s been working on it for a few years, and a hand injury slowed her down.) While there’s no actual pub date yet, looking at Nault’s art from her site makes me eager to see this, especially with Atwood’s involvement.
Check out the cover artwork image from Nault’s blog:
Seriously gorgeous, yet creepy stuff. And a reminder that it can very well happen here–all the protest images in the trailer for the Hulu show is missing is the women wearing pink pussy hats.
The Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel does not yet have a release date. The audiobook will be available April 14th. The first three episodes of show arrive on Hulu, in starter pack form, on April 30th.