Published on August 6th, 2019 | by Richard Boom0
Preview: Ryuko – a stunning manga debut from Titan’s acclaimed Hard Case Crime imprint
This week sees a manga debut from Titan’s Hard Case Crime comics imprint – the stylish crime thriller, Ryuko.
Presenting a stunning manga homage to film noir and Japanese gangster cinema, Japanese artist Eldo Yoshimizu unveils the bloody and beautiful saga of a Yakuza princess!
Ryuko is a hard-hitting, motorcycle-riding member of the Japanese mafia – after a criminal operation in the Middle-East turns explosive, she must return home to face Chinese gangsters, unknown terrorists, and her own personal demons… Part one of a two-part criminal saga packed with international intrigue, complex morality, and blistering action!
Ryuko vol. 1 by Eldo Yoshimizu hits stores from August 6, 2019. Ryuko vol. 2, which concludes Yoshimizu’s stunning manga story, is available from October 15, 2019.
About Ryuko vol.1:Creator: Eldo YoshimizuPublisher: Titan Comics, Hard Case CrimeSoftcover, 256pp, $14.99, £12.99ISBN: 9781787730946On sale in bookstores: August 6, 2019On sale in comic shops: August 7, 2019
Ryuko is a hard-hitting, motorcycle-riding, high-ranking member of the Japanese mafia stationed in the Middle-East. After a fierce battle with the government, she becomes embroiled with the Chinese and an unknown terrorist organisation. Everyone has their own agenda, but it becomes personal for Ryuko when her mother is kidnapped and she was forced to kill her father. What is the right thing to do in this morally complicated situation? Ryuko has a choice to make, but it’s tough when good and evil appear to be two sides of the same coin…
About Eldo Yoshimizu:Eldo Yoshimizu was born in 1965 in Tokyo. Having specialized in sculpture while studying at the University of Arts in Tokyo, he has installed numerous works in public space – some of them are among the most significant sculptures in Japan. Exhibitions in Japan as well as throughout Asia and in New York prove his international success and led him in 1994 to a scholarship as “Artist in Residence” in New York. In 2003 he realized the work First Light for the art and exhibition space of the Louis Vuitton branch in Omotesando. With the feeling of having satisfied his hunger in the field of contemporary fine art, he turned to Gekigaand began to focus on the interplay of object and space in the art of storytelling. He also works as a photographer and as a musician.
About Titan’s Hard Case Crime comic imprint:Ryuko is part of Titan’s Hard Case Crime comics imprint, whose recent publications include Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer and Quarry’s War written by Road to Perditionauthor Max Allan Collins, Triggerman by visionary director Walter Hill (The Warriors), Peepland, by crime novelists Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, a new adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Normandy Gold by crime authors Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin, and Babylon Berlin, a graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the TV show currently showing on Netflix.