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Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince is an adult fantasy comic written by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri. It is the first installment of the Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince series.[3]

It was be released in four issues before being published as a bind-up copy.[6][7] The issues came out every month from October 2018[1] to January 2019,[8] and the bind-up will be released in March 2019.[4]


The comic will delve into the thrilling backstory of Kell's adoptive father, prince Maxim Maresh, before he became the king of Red London. When Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city far away to cut his military teeth on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and a newly returned pirate queen.[3]

In Titan's new Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince series, young and unruly Prince Maxim of Red London is sent to the lawless city of Verose after disobeying the King. Little does he know that a fate worse than exile awaits him on the Blood Coast...[9]



# Title Release date EAN Pages Price
1 Issue 1 July 2018 (preview)[10]
October 10, 2018
07447068266000111 32[11] $ 5.00 (preview)[10]
$ 3.99
In a gaslamp world where magicians navigate alternate realities, Prince Maxim pursues a dark version of his beloved Red London. Banished from court, he refuses to surrender his quest – and faces worse than exile![11]
2 Issue 2 November 14, 2018 07447068266000211 32[2] $ 3.99
Harried by assassins and secrets, banished for his pursuit of a forbidden alternate London, the Red Prince Maxim finds himself in the court of the Pirate Queen of the Blood Coast![2]
3 Issue 3 December 12, 2018 07447068266000311 32[12] $ 3.99
Prince Maxim, heir to Red London, is short on allies—but he'd have to be desperate to join forces with the Pirate Queen of the Blood Coast! Will he find the magic he seeks, the key to a forbidden reality—or discover only disaster?[13]
4 Issue 4 January 16,[14] 2019 07447068266000411 32[15] $ 3.99
Prince Maxim at last claims the title of The Steel Prince, in the climax to New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab's new story set in the world of her acclaimed gaslamp fantasy novel series, Shades of Magic![14]


Red LondonEdit



Issue 1Edit

Issue 2Edit

Issue 3Edit

Issue 4Edit

Sneak peaks[1][16] and previewsEdit


Shades of Magic The Steel Prince Trailer

Shades of Magic The Steel Prince Trailer

Official trailer.


  • The full first issue will have four different covers—one official and three variant covers.[17]
  • The B&N exclusive edition includes commentary from V.E. Schwab, character sketches, and notes detailing the comic's formation process from script to art.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2
  4. 4.0 4.1
  10. 10.0 10.1
  11. 11.0 11.1
  14. 14.0 14.1