The result is a comic book thriller called Kill Shakespeare, a 12-part series that combines classic literature and pop culture.
The first six issues have now been collected into a trade paperback called A Sea of Troubles, published this month by Idw. A teaser trailer for the project is included below.
"We know there'll be some controversy, 'How dare we bring Shakespeare to comic books,'" says Del Col. "We think it's a great way to spark interest in the greatest writer of all time, from young people and beyond."
In the story, Hamlet (the hero), banished from his home country for the murder of Polonius, is attacked by pirates at sea. He survives and awakens in the castle of Richard III (the villain) who sends him