With 2013 barreling along, it’s time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here’s one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It’s Larson’s first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:

Who Is AC? is a love letter to the magical girls of shojo manga and anime, from Sailor Moon to Revolutionary Girl Utena, with a pinch of technology thrown in. After years of writing more introspective characters I wanted to write a teenaged girl who gets out there, kicks some butt and saves the day–although don’t worry, she gets to be introspective, too. This book stands alone, but it’s intended to be the first volume of a larger story, and I have lots of tricks and twists in mind should Tintin and I be fortunate enough to continue telling it.

We’ve long been big fans of Pantoja and it’s great to finally see her on a higher profile project such as this. Larson passed along an exclusive 11 page preview. Here’s a story synopsis from the publisher:

Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as superpowers can travel through the ether, so can evil. As Lin starts to get a handle on her new abilities (while still observing her curfew!), she realizes she has to go head-to-head with a nefarious villain who spreads his influence through binary code. And as if that weren’t enough, a teen blogger has dubbed her an “anonymous coward!” Can Lin detect the cyber-criminal’s vulnerability, save the day, and restore her reputation?














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