Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back
Paperback – February 19, 2019
Alison Wilgus's Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back: is an action-packed, time travel adventure--first in a graphic novel duology.
Her name is Mirai Yoshida.
She was not born in Japan.
She is not supposed to be in 1864.
But, through a time-travel mishap, Mirai is stuck with no way out. Help may be found when she befriends Hatsu, a humble tea mistress harboring a dangerous secret. Yet time is running short for the entire nation, because Mirai knows that the shogunate is about to fall. Learning the way of the sword might be her only path towards survival.
“Lush historical setting, deft storytelling, and an ear for sharp dialogue.” ― Ethan Young, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated author of Nanjing: The Burning City
“A fascinating, intricate story.” ― Tony Cliff, author of Delilah Dirk series
“Clever dialogue and detailed black-and-white images create an intense and moving story with plenty of heart and a mystery readers will want to solve.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[T]he story has a truly fascinating premise and plumbs impressive depths, particularly in Kuji and Mirai’s arguments over rebel factions during the period, which raises thoughtful questions about how ideology influences how we view history as well as the dangers of romanticizing rebellion. Deepening mysteries about Mirai and Kuji’s time travel program make for a compelling cliffhanger ending to this genre-blending series starter.”―Booklist
“Chronin is a tense, entertaining time travel caper, charmingly drawn and filled with endearing, complicated characters that you can't help rooting for.” ―Faith Erin Hicks, Eisner-Award winning author of The Adventures of Superhero Girl and The Nameless City trilogy
“A fascinating, intricate story, and Alison's love for the period is evident in every scene.” ― Tony Cliff, author of Delilah Dirk series
“Chronin delivers a solid story that touches on the importance of identity and history, and how they go hand in hand. With its lush historical setting and an ear for sharp dialogue, Alison Wilgus's first solo outing shows the promise of a fresh voice to comics.” ―Ethan Young, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated author of Nanjing: The Burning City
About the Author
ALISON WILGUS is a New York Times-bestselling writer for comics and prose whose graphic novels include Science Comics: Flying Machines (with illustrator Molly Brooks). Wilgus’s comics work has been published by First Second, DC Comics, Del Rey, Dark Horse, and Bongo Comics; her prose has been featured in Analog, Strange Horizons and VICE Magazine; and she has also done animation screenwriting for Cartoon Network. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.