In Hitomi #2 from Image Comics, our young warrior girl Hitomi urges the powerful but aged Yasuke to leave his Sumo wrestling gig and join her on the open road. She still has open wounds, but openly wants his help: she wants to become a trained assassin.

Writer HS Tak continues the Hitomi saga and resumes his patient, methodical storytelling. It is spellbinding to read. The words and pictures mesh so tightly, balancing the narrative. Isabella Mazzanti’s line work (layouts by Nicoletta Bea) flows as if without effort, giving us characters drawn in a stylistic manner, but nicely framed on the page and within the panel. Gorgeously muted and organic colours by Valentina Napolitano. Letters by Rob Jones, edited by Chris Ryall.

I won’t say much more about this title except that it is a powerful and sensitive read, one that takes us on a journey of discovery through primitive snow-strewn lands and among unpredictable peoples. Well worth checking out; strong story, character development and drama!

Image Comics, Hitomi #2, $3.99 for 24 pages of content, Mature rating

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!