T H E N A M E L E S S C I T Y
(By Faith Erin Hicks. April 6 from First Second)
Faith Erin Hicks — Eisner Award winning cartoonist of Friends with Boys — hasn’t been shy about her influences for latest project, The Nameless City. The first book of a planned young-adult graphic novel trilogy, Nameless City is largely inspired by the folklore and history of 13th century China, and also draws inspiration in varying degrees from some of Hicks’ favorite works like Bone, Full Metal Alchemist and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The rooftop-running girl named Rat, a native of the titular city, forms a friendship with Kai, a boy born of the city’s newest conquerors, and together they set off to discover the secrets of their mutual home. As Rat attempts to teach Kai about his city, the two will begin to unravel a conspiracy that could change Nameless City’s destiny. The Canandian artist’s perfect blend of manga and Western comic sensibilities is accompanied by the warm, earthy colors of Jordie Bellaire (The Wake), making this a must-read book for adventure fans of all ages.