Comic book creator Billy Tucci and writer Steven Peros bring us ‘Shi: Haikyo,’ the next graphic novel in the Martial Arts series. Released under the Crusader Comics banner, the artwork is done by Tucci and Gardenio Lima with coloring by Brian Miller.
Picking up from Return of the Warrior, Ana Ishikawa rushes home to find her teenage daughter Hotaru kidnapped by the psychiatrist Dr. Belvins, who has become obsessed with Ana’s vigilante identity Shi. Realizing she has to work with her old enemy and Yakuza enforcer Arashi in order to stop him. Despite her hesitancy, Shi dons her ceremonial armor to find an enemy and rescue her daughter before it’s too late.
Once again, the artwork is awesome. I loved all of the character illustrations, cityscapes, and especially the costume designs are epic. I also like how sleek the action sequences and their flow.
I also enjoyed the plot a great deal. Shi is an excellent character and I love how her story arc progresses. There were a lot of twists, turn, action, and supernatural events to keep you hooked. I look forward to seeing how the comic book series progresses in the future.
In full disclosure, I did support the crowdfunding campaign, proudly. The cover shown above is the one from Tucci and Hi-Fi. It is my favorite, though you cannot go wrong with any of them.
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