Lea Hernandez has basically created her own comics language. Reared in America and schooled in manga through her professional endeavors, she has successfully integrated Japanese aesthetic and Western storytelling in her own work. At face value, you might still call it "manga" - it certainly looks that way - but in execution, it's a body of work entirely unique in the field of comics.
CATHEDRAL CHILD, her first graphic novel and the opening chapter in the loosely connected Texas Steampunk Trilogy, is probably best described as a science-fiction romance. It's set in Heaven, Texas, some hundred years in the past, and introduces Cathedral, a thinking machine created by a brilliant, but bigoted scientist who uses the locals to maintain and train it, but forbids his own son, Sumner, from mingling with them. This becomes problematic when Sumner falls deeply in love with Glory, a native who has developed a unique bond with Cathedral that may put the machine at odds with its master.
Some five years in the making, CATHEDRAL CHILD is a pivotal turning point in the career of Lea Hernandez, whose work literally improves by leaps and bounds with each subsequent release. But this is where it all started.
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.