GRAPHIC NOVELS

Isabellae. Vol. 1

Dark Horse. Aug. 2019. 150p. ISBN 9781506712741. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781506717579. Rated: Teen+. fantasy
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Following the death of her mother, a Celtic witch, and her Japanese samurai father, Isabellae Ashiwara and her father’s ghost support themselves by collecting bounties on ferocious criminals at they travel feudal Japan in search of her vanished sister. An apprentice monk decides to join Isabellae after she saves his life, as does an outlaw who becomes smitten with her after she attempts to capture him. After a mysterious winged man with mystical powers gives Isabellae information pertaining to her sister’s whereabouts, the group joins the crew of a charismatic sea captain and sets sail for China. At sea, they face mutineers, undead monsters, and do battle with assassins seeking to destabilize the Chinese government. Once they arrive, they find new allies and enemies, including an indestructible giant, before Isabellae reunites with her sister and discovers that all of her adventures thus far were to prepare her for a destiny she never expected.
VERDICT Spanish creators Raule (Jazz Maynard) and Gabor (Agrippine) feature a cast of likable characters, plenty of surprising twists, and brilliantly designed and dynamic action scenes is this collection comprising three volumes previously unavailable in English. Readers will be anxious for the forthcoming second volume, which promises to conclude the story.

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