With award-winning books like The Fifth Beatle and The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Dark Horse has had a fair amount of success in the original graphic novel market in the past few years. The publisher looks to continue that trend with the announcement today of Conspiracy of Ravens, a young adult hardcover graphic novel written by the husband-and-wife duo of Leah Moore and John Reppion, and featuring art by Sally Jane Thompson.
The book focuses on Anne, a teenage girl who discovers that her family has a secret magical history after a relative she never knew dies and leaves her a mystical family heirloom. Kids uncovering hidden magic powers within themselves is well-trod ground in young adult literature, and based on the description of this book provided by Dark Horse it sounds like there’ll be some family drama involved for Anne, as well as some unexpected opposition to her development of her abilities.
Moore and Reppion are perhaps best known for Albion, the Wildstorm book they worked on with Moore’s father, Alan, who’s written a few things you may have heard of. In addition they’ve written for characters like Witchblade, Doctor Who, and Sherlock Holmes, among others. The duo has previously contributed to The Dark Horse Book of Monsters, and this will be their first standalone project with the publisher. Sally Jane Thompson is the creator of the original graphic novel Atomic Sheep, and has contributed to the Womanthology and Fresh Romance anthology collections. A Conspiracy of Ravens will be her first Dark Horse work.
The official description of the book, as well as a first look at the cover, can be found below. Conspiracy of Ravens lands in stores in October of 2018.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 10, 2018)—From Leah Moore and John Reppion, the writers of Damsels, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary comes an original graphic novel perfect for tween, teen, and adult fans alike! Conspiracy of Ravens joins Moore and Reppion with interior and cover artist Sally Jane Thompson (Atomic Sheep, Now and Then, The Ruby Equation) to weave a tale of magic, family secrets, and a mysterious legacy.
Anne is a teen schoolgirl who thought she was just like everyone else. But when she unexpectedly inherits her long-lost aunt’s crumbling English mansion and a strange ancient locket, she unearths a family secret that leads to the discovery of her mysterious powers. She picks up the mantle of her family’s magical legacy, but soon learns that she isn’t the only one whose powers are awakening, and not everyone wants to use their powers for good
Conspiracy of Ravens HC goes on sale October 03, 2018 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop. This 136-page hardcover retails for $14.99.
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