In an intergalactic society where high-tech knights kill each other to win a princess for their prize, how can a band of queer women dismantle the system and rescue the princesses before it’s too late? In Hannah Templer’s Cosmoknights, young and disillusioned mechanic Pan meets a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators who aren’t what they seem. To achieve true liberation, they will have to beat the patriarchy at its own game, which for Pan means discovering life outside of her little world and reconciling things that have happened in the past.
Cosmoknights launched as a webcomic in March and will be released as a full-color graphic novel on Sept. 10 from Top Shelf via Penguin Random House. Currently, Templer releases new pages on Tuesdays and Fridays, usually in sets of two or three.
Templer’s exploration of this neo-medieval world is gorgeous. In addition to brightly-colored panels and boldly-executed line work that defines action sequences as well as emotional moments, Cosmoknights introduces a wealth of characters who are incredibly different, even when united in the same cause. It’s wonderful to see canon lesbian representation in such a fun, yet still deeply political book.
Personally, I couldn’t wait to dive right into this story and I’ve eagerly awaited each update. If you want to check out Cosmoknights before you pre-order a physical copy, check out cosmoknights.space.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.