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Strain vol. 1

Credits: Written by Sho Fumimura and Illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami
Publisher: Viz


Mayo will take a life for five dollars. And if you ask him why, he'll tell you:

"That's all we're worth."

STRAIN reunites Sho Fumimura (writing here under the pen name of Buronson) and Ryoichi Ikegami, the creative team behind the acclaimed crime series, Sanctuary, for five adrenaline-rushed volumes that twist and turn their way through the seedy back streets of Malaysia and the corporate board rooms of Japan. Five-dollar assassins, international crime syndicates, teenage prostitutes and oil conglomerates collide to test the old adage of whether money is indeed thicker then blood.

Ikegami, the accomplished artist of Crying Freeman, employs a skilled, realistic style here that will redefine any preconceived perceptions of Japanese manga, perfect for this rollercoaster thrill ride set to the comics page.

When people say they want John Woo-style action in comics, they need look no further than STRAIN.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

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.


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