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Review: Yasmeen #3

An absolutely amazing series has only gotten better with each issue. The story follows Yasmeen as she attempts to settle in her new country while dealing with the torture she experienced at the hands of ISIS. Yasmeen #3 delivers more about her escape and the impact on her family.

Story: Saif A. Ahmed
Art: Fabiana Mascolo
Letterer: Robin Jones

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Review: Yasmeen #2

An absolutely amazing debut has only gotten better in Yasmeen #2. The story follows Yasmeen as she attempts to settle in her new country while dealing with the torture she experienced at the hands of ISIS.

Story: Saif A. Ahmed
Art: Fabiana Mascolo
Letterer: Robin Jones

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Scout Comics

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Review: Yasmeen #1

Yasmeen #1

In 2014, things were going well for 16 year-old Yasmeen and her family. They bought a new house and were excited for what lay ahead. Then ISIS invaded Mosul leaving Yasmeen and her family to run and escape to their freedom. Yasmeen #1 tells the story of the title character as she experiences the trauma of ISIS and facing her new life in the United States years later.

Written by Saif A. Ahmed, Yasmeen #1 is a fascinating start of to the series. It bounces around between its two eras and peppering us with the horrors the family faces. It also delivers hints there’s far more to come as far as trauma. The comic is one that’s educational putting the reader into the horrors of Mosul’s fall and what it meant to the people there. It doesn’t mince words and also doesn’t spend too much time explaining the factions. Through the dialogue it provides what you need to know in an effortless education of the conflict. It also doesn’t pull punches. There’s horrors and scars by physical and emotional the characters are left with.

Iraq, 2014. Life couldn’t be better for 16 year-old Yasmeen as her family is able to buy a big new house. Then ISIS invades Mosul.  Yasmeen’s Shia family barely escapes, while Yasmeen us captured by terrorists and sees her uncle executed. Yasmeen is sold to an ISIS fighter as a slave and must relinquish her innocence in order to save her three new Yazidi friends who are punished with starvation. Two years later, Yasmeen is reunited with her family in the United States. Her parents are so happy to be reunited with Yasmeen that they fail to see the state of depression that she has fallen into after two years of slavery and torments. Now faced with a new life, Yasmeen must learn to survive in a society that both fears and hates her and must overcome the horrors of the past in an attempt to find herself again.

Fabiana Mascolo provides the art which doesn’t go overboard in the horror. Instead, we witness the act and the aftermath with just enough detail for our mind to fill in the blanks. It’s a very interesting artistic direction that allows us to focus on the trauma and horror of the actions instead of being distracted by the gore. There’s also a peacefulness to Mascalo’s style which belies the death and destruction that’s to come as ISIS gains ground and attacks. There’s a juxtaposition in the beauty of the art and the lack of humanity that invades it.

Yasmeen #1 is a hell of a start. It brings a relatable narrative to an inhumane situation. It dips it toes in as a start to show us the horror that is yet to come and put a human face to those who suffered from it. It’s a perfect example of using comics to capture the real world around us and attempt to have us never forget the worst of our actions.

Story: Saif A. Ahmed Art: Fabiana Mascolo
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Coming this June, The Powerful Story of Yasmeen From Saif A. Ahmed, Fabiana Mascolo, Robin Jones, Travis Czap, and Scout Comics!

Split between two times in her life, Yasmeen tells the story of an Iraqi girl who survives slavery in the ISIS terrorist regime in Mosul. Yasmeen was a happy 16-year-old until she was captured by ISIS invading forces.  After surviving long two years of slavery, she is freed, but has become a different person. Unable to connect to the things that she loved before, she must go through a different kind of struggle, as she tries to adjust to the normal life with her family as refugees in a foreign country, America.

Out in June, Yasmeen is created and written by Saif A. Ahmed , art by Fabiana Mascolo, lettering by Robin Jones, script editor Travis Czap, and published by Scout Comics.

Scout Announces Yasmeen from Saif A. Ahmed and Fabiana Mascolo

Rejoining her family in America after surviving two years of slavery under ISIS terrorist regime in Mosul, an Iraqi teenage girl must overcome the horrors of the past in an attempt to find herself again.

Coming soon from Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. is Yasmeen, a brand new six part comic book series that follows an Iraqi teenage girl, Yasmeen, during two periods of her life; that of a normal, happy 16-year-old who must find the courage within herself to endure slavery after getting captured and sold by ISIS soldiers. The second time period takes place after surviving two long years of slavery where Yasmeen comes out a different person, unable to connect to the things that she loved before, and she must go through a different kind of struggle as she tries to adjust to the normal life with her family as a refugee in a foreign country.

The series is written by Saif A. Ahmed with art by Fabiana Mascolo. The letterer is Robin Jones and the script editor is Travis Czap.

Yasmeen
Yasmeen