No Holds Bard Vol. 1
William Shakespeare is often called the greatest actor/poet/playwright of all time, but less widely known is that he was also the Elizabethan Era's greatest crimefighter! Gail Simone calls No Holds Bard "...brilliantly written, gorgeously illustrated. This is why I am in love with comics."
When Queen Elizabeth I is kidnapped, only the dramatic duo of William Shakespeare and William Page in their superhero alter-egos, THE BARD and PAGE can save her! In this globe-trotting graphic novel, The Bard and Page butt heads and come to blows with contemporaries and fictional characters alike, from Sir Francis Bacon and Kit Marlowe to Puck and a zombified Richard III. As they get closer to the truth behind Shakespeare's world-renowned intelligence, they'll find out the deeper meaning behind love, labor, and losing it!
Casting Shakespeare as an egotistical detective by way of the Adam West Batman TV show, this throwback comedy is filled with in-jokes and heart that will leave groundlings and seasoned thespians alike clamoring for more. No Holds Bard is a literary lampoon that's half love letter, half satire, and all written in iambic pentameter!
Eric Gladstone is a Los Angeles-based writer who previously worked under Stan Lee at POW! Entertainment, and as the Senior Dialogue Writer for the Marvel Heroes MMO. Eric earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Find out more at Eric's rarely-updated website, www.ericgladstone.com