Both a master of the sword and a slave to it, Aragami Ketsuko cannot resist the tide of violence that would destroy her clan. Taking up her fallen father's 'Red Devil' mask, Ketsuko fights to save her people, no matter the bloody cost.
WHAT IS THE SWORD? KETSUKO CARVES HER WAY THROUGH THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF THE ANSWER.
16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the ‘Red Devil’ mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost… Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter. From writer Sebastin Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and artist John Bivens (Creature Feature, Spread) comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.
Collects the complete five issue series.
“…wonderfully hideous art renders the plot twists into an addictive ride. Fans of the samurai genre will thrill in this sleek and splattered modern entry.” - Publishers Weekly
Sebastian is a German-born, American-raised comic editor and writer. Beginning his career at Marvel Entertainment, Sebastian has gone on to edit a number of critically acclaimed creator-owned Image Comics series including Deadly Class, VS, and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Southern Bastards. In 2017 he released two comic writing debuts at Image Comics: the all-ages fantasy/adventure Scales & Scoundrels and the tall-tale action/satire Shirtless Bear-Fighter! He lives and works in Brooklyn.
John Bivens’ work has appeared in the Eisner and Harvey Award winning Comic Book Tattoo, the Harvey Award winning Popgun volume 4, and the Harvey nominated Reading with Pictures. He has also received nominations for an Eagle Award and a Ghastly Award. He has worked for IMAGE Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Vault Comics, Valiant Comics, IDW Publishing. and others.
John’s work spans the genres of crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and education. His education includes the undergraduate illustration program at Northern Illinois University and the Graduate program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University, Dakota County Technical College, and participated in multiple visiting workshops and panels.
John currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he is a proud member of World Monster HQ studios.