The Secret Voice. Vol. 1

Floating World. Apr. 2019. 160p. ISBN 9781942801870. $24.95. Rated: Teen+..
This richly imagined fantasy epic follows the mysterious Doctor Galapagos, emissary of a group of scholars, sorcerers, and warriors known as the Red College. Attempting to persuade the various kingdoms that make up the land of Fortea to join a coalition seeking to resist the relentless march of the sinister, technologically advanced Smog Empire, Galapagos’s mission is complicated by more than just the savagery and suspicions of those whose help he seeks. His enemies will stop at nothing to see him dead, and even worse, a horrible curse threatens to debilitate his body and corrupt his soul. Can our hero save his world, himself, and the woman he loves before it’s too late? This hardcover collects a combination of both previously released (but heavily revised) and new material, including an appendix further exploring this realm.
VERDICT Soto (Power Button) blends tropes of epic fantasy with elements of horror, manga, and underground art comics, kicking off what promises to be an excitingly original adventure

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