Beauty and violence. Bonds and blood. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, creators of the seminal Alias comic that saw the birth of Jessica Jones, are no strangers to these themes. And in Pearl, they’re back to explore them with an extremity you’ve never seen before. As the mysterious eponymous tattoo artist turned assassin is forced to clean up a violent mess, new secrets from her past are revealed as an intrepid and resourceful young man enters her life.

Check out the Beat’s exclusive preview of Pearl #2, out this Wednesday, after the jump.

Creators: Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos
Letterer: Joshua Reed
Design: Curtis King Jr.

From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation…Pearl. She is a master tattoo artist and reluctant assassin for the Yakuza she was born into, with a very special gift taught to her by her late mother. But a secret she has kept from everyone may be her only chance at happiness beyond the world she was brought up in. This epic romance set in modern-day San Francisco has the creators of Jessica Jones embarking on a completely new and complex character, creation and world.