You have to give it up for Mairghread Scott and Kelly and Nichole Matthews; it takes a lot of moxie to look at Macbeth, one of the most storied tragedies in the portfolio of Shakespeare and to say, "let's see what we can add to this."

It helps that the path they've chosen for their Boom Studios series Toil & Trouble --- examining the fate-serving three witches that set Macbeth and his wife towards their rise and fall --- plays to the strengths of the comics form. The Matthews' sisters storytelling can encompass the tiny twists of engineered fate at the heart of the witches' powers in a way no stage play ever could, and Scott makes sympathetic and interesting characters out of the witches who, in Macbeth, were meant to be unknowable.

One of the themes of Macbeth is that fate sneaks up on you when you're not looking; by showing us the perspective of those doing the sneaking, Scott and the Matthews sisters breathe fresh life into a play that is a longtime favorite of so many, myself included.

Issue #3 introduces another major player to the scene; none other than Lady Macbeth. We also see one of the Wyrd Sisters take radical action --- in the form of a mermaid. Check out a preview below:



Here's the full solicitation, courtesy of Boom Studios:


Toil and Trouble #3 (of 6)
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Author: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: Lady Macbeth enters stage left.