ABC and Marvel to Release CASTLE Graphic Novel

ABC’s hit show Castle is going to get even more meta with the release of a graphic novel based on the fictional Derrick Storm book series written by the fictional Richard Castle. Confused? Let’s recap: On the TV show, Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, the bestselling author of the Derrick Storm mystery series. During the first season of the show, Castle began shadowing NYPD detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) and she became his muse. He created her alter ego, Nikki Heat, and so far he has written two books based on her—Heave Wave and Naked Heat—which were actually released and attributed to “Richard Castle” (fans love to speculate on the identity of the ghostwriter).

So, much like Nikki Heat, Derrick Storm is now coming to bookstores—well, comic book stores. ABC is teaming up with Marvel to produce Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm. The 112-page hardcover graphic novel will be co-written by Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain America and The Secret Avengers, Osborn). Lan Medina (Fables) will be handling the interior art and the cover art will be done by Carlo Pagulayan (Planet Hulk).

The press release for the new graphic novel quotes Richard Castle as saying, “I am honored and humbled to see Derrick Storm join the ranks of some of the greatest heroes of all-time. Being a part of the Marvel family is a childhood fantasy come true for me.”

Richard Castle will reveal the graphic novel cover (which you can see above) on the season finale of Castle, which is on tonight, May 16th, at 10PM on ABC.

Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm will be released on September 28, 2011. Castle’s third Nikki Heat book, Heat Rises, will be in bookstores on September 20th.

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