Book 1. Out of the Shadows

Graphic Novel - 2014
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In Umbral, the young thief Rascal breaks into the royal palace using a rare eclipse as cover for the theft of a priceless gem. During the heist, Rascal witnesses the death of the King and Queen, the first step in the invasion of the world by the Umbral, mythical shadow creatures... and no one knows it's happening. Umbral is the latest collaboration between the creative team of Antony Johnston and Mitten, who co-created the post-apocalyptic and impressively expansive series Wasteland.
Publisher: Berkeley : Image Comics, 2014
ISBN: 9781607069843
Branch Call Number: UMBRAL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Uniform Title: Out of the shadows


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Jan 28, 2015

My long wait for this book was rewarded a thousand times over. Rascal is a girl thief in the city of Strakhelm, where horrible monsters called Umbral murder the royal family and assume their identities... then start working their way through other powerful citizens. (There's a LOT of blood!) Rascal got into the middle of it by stealing the Oculus gem from the palace while the Umbral were starting their spree, and now they're after her!

I am sooooo happy that Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten are back together again! They're the creative team that launched Wasteland, one of my favorite post-apocalyptic comics. And seeing Mitten's art colored by such amazing painters has been like a dream.

Also, Rascal's hair is FANTASTIC.

(Full credits: by Antony Johnston, co-created and illustrated by Christopher Mitten, with additional art by painters John Rauch and Jordan Boyd, and Thomas Mauer.)


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