DC Comics has confirmed that the Fringe digital comic, Beyond The Fringe, will finally be released into a collected print edition this September.
Jhonen Vasquez, who penned several installments of the 12-chapter comic series, said:
“I’m a huge fan of Fringe,” “So I kept my story pretty anchored to the show. I didn’t have characters flying around or becoming ninjas.”
The comic series is based on “what if” questions that mesh well with the serial’s storytelling structure, including Vasquez’s Nina-centric tale of her early days with Walter and William Bell, and Fringe star Joshua Jackson’s comic-book writing debut about Peter’s experiences in an alternate timeline.
While the stories in the comics are not necessarily canon to the show — which is to say that Fringe fans don’t need to read the comics to understand the show or its story arcs — Vasquez notes that the producers were indispensable in helping create this extended universe for the Fringe faithful.
“With them helping me avoid some things and [plant] other things, it just gives the fans something they can recognize…if they [look] that deeply. Which I know they do!”
This is another piece of feel-good news for Fringe fans, who in the space of a few days have been treated to an early Season 5 promo trailer, the announcement of the Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray, and news that the show’s Comic-Con panel will be held in Hall H — the Boom-Boom-Machine of exhibit halls (i.e the largest at the annual convention).
Update: You can download digital issues of Beyond The Fringe here.