It is common knowledge the end of Romeo and Juliet’s tale ends in heartache and tragedy, but what if their heart-wrenching demise was only the beginning? Reimagining one of Shakespeare’s most famous romances, French artist Stephanie Leon creates this fantasy graphic novel for the lovers to reconnect.
With renderings reminiscent of Greek mythology with an animated style, Leon beautifully represents ghostly figures with deep cerulean blues and passionate magentas as Juliet comes alive to search for her Romeo in the underworld.
Colors change in tandem with the scene, leading you through a forest of spine-chilling creatures and villainous faces.
The forest is abuzz with activity as Juliet’s corpse form takes a breath, her body in skeletal form. Innocent looking eyes watch from hiding places within the turquoise forest. A tree brimming with white-eyed figments further reverberates the underworld is made up of woodland of creatures radiating earthly familiarity but each with an apparitional peculiarity that separates them from their living counterparts.
The story remains open-ended, Leon leaving us wondering and hoping Juliet will find her Romeo in this beautifully gothic afterlife.