HANDMAID'S TALE Comes to Comic Books As Prose Sequel Looms

The Handmaid's Tale
Credit: Renee Nault (McClelland & Stewart)
Credit: Renee Nault (McClelland & Stewart)

As the cover to Margaret Atwood's long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale is unveiled, a cover to the graphic novel adaptation of the seminal original is as well.

"Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships," reads the publisher McClelland & Stewart's description. "She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile."

Credit: Noma Bar (Penguin Random House)

"But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion."

Hand-selected by Atwood herself, watercolor artist Renee Nault adaptated and painted the 1985 prose novel into this 240-page OGN. This is adapted directly from Atwood's original novel, similiar to Hulu's current TV adaptation.

The Handmaid's Tale OGN comes out March 26, while The Testaments is due out September 10.

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