"I am determined to prove a villain," vows the sinister Duke of Gloucester as he prepares to seize the English Crown and become King Richard III. A fusion of the original Shakespeare with manga visuals, this is a cutting-edge adaptation set in a darkly gothic, medieval England. We follow the scheming, seductive Duke as he cheats and slaughters his way to the throne in one of the bloodiest chapters in the monarchy's history. He masterminds the murder of his brother and his two nephews, and poisons his wife in order to marry his own niece. When his throne is challenged, his reign of terror is broken and the ghosts of his victims return to torment him. Richard III is part of Manga Shakespeare, a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. Drawing inspiration from Japan and using Shakespeare's original texts, this series – adapted by Richard Appignanesi and illustrated by leading manga artists – brings to life the great Bard's words for students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and manga fans.