This week was the originally-planned release date for Mafiosa, the Prohibition-era crime comic from writer Sunshine Barbito, artists Alessia Alfano and Débora Carita, color artists Ronda Pattison and Mariacristina Federica, letterer Clem Robbins, and cover artist Jenny Frison. Supply chain and distributor issues have bumped the release for the Dark Horse graphic novel by a few weeks, but as an appetizer while you wait today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the full 32-page Mafiosa #0, the Kickstarter prequel to the graphic novel.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes Mafiosa:
At the height of the roaring twenties, the daughter of a mafia boss is determined to rise to prominence in her family’s business.
Nicoletta has aspirations to join her brothers in the family business – an organized crime syndicate running the streets of Brooklyn. Though her father objects and a crisis ensues, Nicoletta takes it upon herself to prove she has what it takes, moving steadfastly into a world of brutality. New York has a new player in town, and they ain’t seen nothing yet!
Combining the romanticism of the roaring twenties and Nicoletta’s journey into the brazen violence of mafia-dominated New York, Mafiosa sets the status quo ablaze – with style, class, and a smoking barrel.
Mafiosa was initially developed by Portland-based Rainwerks Studios before finding a home at Dark Horse Comics. The 32-page story presented here and featuring the characters of the book was produced following a successful Kickstarter in 2019.
Check out the full 32-page Mafiosa#0 below, and if that’s not enough, check out a three-page preview of additional pages from the book that The Beat ran earlier this year. The graphic novel is available in bookstores now, and is due out in comic shops on Wednesday, December 22nd.