Not unlike its magically cursed protagonist, Beauty and the Beast has taken on several forms since its creation. Originally written as a novel in 1740 by the French writer Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the tale of a beautiful young woman who falls in love with a literally monstrous prince has since been adapted into cartoons, TV shows, plays, and pretty much every genre imaginable. Next month, the story enters a new genre: manga.
On April 26, Tokyopop and Disney will publish a two-volume manga adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, written by Mallory Reeves, that showcases each main character’s perspective. Belle’s Tale will show the story from her point of view, as she learns to see true beauty beyond outward appearances, while The Beast’s Tale will show him learning to move beyond his curse and love again.
In the previews below, readers can see the Beast’s visceral transformation, as well as Belle’s struggles in her sleepy town. Both volumes of Beauty and the Beast go on sale April 26.