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Review: Zaya

Zaya-t3_Page_01A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it.

Collecting all three books in the award winning series by writer JD Morvan and illustrated by Huang-Jia Wei, Zaya is a beautiful action thriller that pivots into a trippy sci-fi experience.

What I particularly enjoyed about the graphic novel is how it effortlessly flows from one type of story into another. At first, it’s a straight up familiar action story of a woman dragged out of retirement, and her family, to take on a threat to her former employer. That story pivots though, and the less I say about that the better, but generally we move into a trippy tale where identity is at the center, something that feels like it could be out of a Philip K. Dick novel. Basically we get two stories in one, and they flow right into each other and both are solid reads together, or on their own.

This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Chinese artist Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork. The end result mixes have an anime like feel, just beautiful to look at. The design itself is amazing with a feeling of familiarity (to anime fans), but also new wonder.

Overall, the book is a solid read, especially for those who are fans of manga or anime. I began reading expecting one type of story, and came out the other end experiencing something completely different.

Story: JD Morvan Art: Huang-Jia Wei
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Magnetic Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Magnetic Press Releases a Trailer for ZAYA

A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it. This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Huang-Jia Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork.

Written by international creative powerhouse JD Morvan and illustrated by Chinese wunderkind Huang-Jia Wei, this volume collects all 3 books in the award-winning series into a single luscious album!

Magnetic Press Debuts on comiXology

Magnetic Press‘ anticipated graphic novels are coming to comiXology. The publisher announced a distribution agreement today with the digital comics platform. The graphic novels will be released as serialized chapters.

To celebrate the  launch, the first chapters of their upcoming graphic novels Naja and Super-Ego are now available on the site. Naja tells the tale of a female assassin who feels no pain in search of the mysterious person who wants her killed and is written by JD Morvan with illustrations by Bengal. Super-Ego is a series created, written and illustrated by newcomer Caio Oliveira, recounting the madcap adventures of a psychotherapist dedicated to treating members of the superhero community.

Follow-up titles will include Zaya, by writer JD Morvan and artist Huang-Jia Wei as well as Meka, also by Morvan and Bengal with additional titles scheduled to debut in the fall.

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NAJA Premiere Trailer and Tweet to Win!

Naja is the perfect killer because she feels nothing… literally. Her body registers no pain, nor does her heart, coldly executing jobs given to her by her mysterious boss, known only as “Zero.” When another killer in Zero’s organization targets Naja for elimination, she has no choice but to fall off the grid and seek answers, as bloody as they might be…

Written by international creative powerhouse JD Morvan (Sillage, Zaya) and illustrated by French sensation Bengal (Meka, Luminae), this 248 page hardcover graphic novel collects the entire five-book series into a single lavish album! Featuring a foreword by Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Last Days of American Crime)!

Magnetic Press is also running a contest giving away a signed, Limited Edition slipcase bundle of Naja! There’s two ways to win….

FACEBOOK USERS: simply share this page between now and 11:59pm PST this Friday, April 4th.

TWITTER USERSsimply tweet or re-tweet the video link, or a link to this page, with the hashtag “#NajaTrailerUS” between now and 11:59pm PST this Friday, April 4th.  You may re-tweet up to twice each day for more chances to win!!

Magnetic Press Acquires JD Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei’s ZAYA & a Preview!

Zaya-t3_Page_01Magnetic Press is looking to make a splash in 2014 and looks like they’ll succeed. The upstart publisher has acquired the right to publish ZAYA from JD Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei. The graphic novel will be published for the first time in English this Summer.

ZAYA was originally published in French in three serialized volumes by Dargaud Editions, Magnetic Press’s edition will collect the complete series into an all-new, 224-page hardcover compilation for its North American debut.

The original series received a Silver honor from the 3rd International Manga Awards, granted by the Japan Foundation, established to honor and promote outstanding contributions to the art of Manga worldwide.

ZAYA tells the story of a secret agent in the distant future who left her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother.  When a biomechanical threat destroys an orbiting colony station and former fellow agents start dying, she is called back into the field to find and stop the danger.  Her investigation leads to many questions about her own past, filled with explosive revelations.  This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Huang-Jia Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork.

Magnetic Press’s Publisher, Mike Kennedy describes the series for those who haven’t seen:

ZAYA is an absolute feast – you can spend hours just soaking in the atmosphere and exquisite design work on every page,” says .  “We cannot contain how excited we are to put this book in the hands of English-speaking readers for the first time!

ZAYA was the brainchild of writer JD Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei, who wanted to establish an original style of “Franco-Chinese” Manga, combining characteristics of both aesthetics with a mutual love of Japanese speculative-sci-fi manga to form something wholly unique and remarkable.  Wei’s first published work just out of school, Ya San, earned him a rabid following, but it was ZAYA that established him as a sought-after artist among Asia’s great “conceptual mangaka”, including Katsuya Terada, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Range Murata.

Breaking: Comic Industry Vets form Magnetic Press

MagneticPress-bannerComic industry veterans Mike Kennedy and Wes Harris announced today the formation of Magnetic Press, a new publishing label with a focus on premium graphic novels by talent from around the world. Magnetic’s two founders came together around a shared desire to create a compassionate home for innovative creators and projects that have been underrepresented in the current comic and graphic novel marketplace, including new talent deserving a debut and established talent looking to establish a solid presence in the North American and English language audience.

Publisher Mike Kennedy previously served as Publisher of Archaia Entertainment during the two years the company received back-to-back Eisner Awards for Best Original Graphic Album, as well as numerous other Eisner and industry awards and nominations. Prior to entering the publishing industry, Mike held roles as both Creative Director and Senior Producer in the video game industry, creating original IP and narrative game design for publishers such as Electronic Arts, Namco, and Microsoft.  He has also been an avid writer, with numerous published titles to his name, including well-known properties such as Star Wars, Superman, and Alien Vs Predator.

Kennedy said in a release:

The most exciting aspect of any creative field is the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from amazing talent. There’s an electrifying amount of talent out there, from around the world, all deserving wider attention, and we are thrilled to create a publishing program that’s built from the ground up to support them in their effort to pursue what they are so passionate about doing.

CEO Wes Harris is the former VP of Publishing for BOOM! Studios, and has held senior roles at top entertainment companies such as Viz Media, White Wolf Publishing, and Meteor Entertainment.

I love the idea of books as an expression of who you are – what you choose to read, to display on your coffee table, and what that says about you. From the very start, from the talent we work with to the titles we select to the way the book feels in your hands, our top priority is creating a memorable reading experience and a book that you’re proud to have on your shelf.

Magnetic Press’s debut catalog launches in Spring of 2014 and features works from Award-winning creators from the US, UK, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.  Debut titles include Eisner Award-winner Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands, JD Morvan and Bengal’s Naja and Meka, F. Ruiz Velasco’s Culebra and Legion of Blood, Caio Oliveira’s Super-Ego, Prophet Hill, and Vivid, Francisco Paronzini’s Hugo Broyler, and Lucas Marangon’s Thinking Out Loud.  Additional titles are also in the works, and details on each title, with previews, will be released soon.

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