Amazon’s “Carnival Row” Gets Two Prequel Stories Titled “From the Dark” and “Sparrowhawk”

Sparrowhawk comic book Carnival Row
Sparrowhawk (Image: PR/Legendary Comics)

In anticipation of the neo-Victorian fantasy streaming series Carnival Row, which stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, two prequel one-shot comic book companions have been currently made available (for free) on comiXology. The Amazon Prime Video series will debut come August 30, 2019.

The announcement was made by Legendary Comics. The titles are From the Dark and Sparrowhawk. The two issues introduce readers to the show’s lead characters.

Bloom plays “the war-hardened investigator Rycroft Philostrate.” Delevingne plays a “faerie refugee Vignette Stonemoss.” These titles are supposed to offer readers a sneak peek “into the histories of both protagonists prior to the launch of the highly-anticipated television series.”

Take note, both issues are free to enjoy for the first week and will cost you $0.99 after September 4, 2019.

Carnival Row is a rich world with intriguingly complex characters,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics. “We enjoyed working with the creative team to delve even further into both Philo and Vignette’s backstories offering viewers a chance to learn more about these enthralling characters, as well as get a deeper understanding of their motivations.”

Legendary Comics developed both stories working in conjunction with the incredible Carnival Row showrunners and writing staff,” said Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim. “They’re not only both in-canon, but also Philo’s story actually ends with the cold open of Season One.”

Here are the official descriptions:

From the Dark follows Rycroft Philostrate as he adjusts to his life in The Burgue, and the memories of his former life intertwine with a mystery that will take him through the strange city streets that he now calls home. A recent bomb attack has only intensified the situation. Can he find the people responsible before there is another explosion? From the Dark was written by C.M. Landrus and Charles Velasquez-Witoksy, with story by Travis Beacham, Marc Guggenheim, Kai Wu, Georgia Lee, Marc Bernadin, and Stephanie Smith. Illustration by Harvey M. Tolibao with HMT Studios’ Tristan Jurolan and Jhun Mar Tadong Entico, with colors by HMT Studios’ Kevin Tolibao and Kevin Anthony de Castro.

Sparrowhawk features Vignette and her fellow Fae, who after finding their homeland under attack, must fight and sacrifice in order to reach safety. Mythical powers only count for so much, when the other side has them too. Will they find the refuge they are looking for or does an even bigger threat wait for them? Written by Jordan Crair, with story by Travis Beacham, Marc Guggenheim, Kai Wu, Georgia Lee, Marc Bernadin, and Stephanie Smith. Art by Giorgia Sposito, with colors by Triona Farrell.

The show had a presence during San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The series is ready to talk about a number of political issues currently being faced by many in the real world.

As far as my opinion goes, that’s what good art is supposed to do. It should make us think!

From the Dark Carnival Row comic
From the Dark (Image: PR/Legendary Comics)

Are you looking forward to watching Carnival Row? Will you be picking up From the Dark and Sparrowhawk? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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