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Toshiro – Katanas AND Steampunk = This needs to be on your bookshelf.


Once again, Dark Horse assaults my pull list by releasing titles that I need to own. This time around, they’re releasing Toshiro, a steampunk horror graphic novel that “plays with Victorian steampunk, alternate history, Lovecraftian monsters, and the magic of Tezuka’s Astro Boy to tell a story,” said writer Jai Nitz. Just re-read that sentence again and tell me you didn’t squeal in delight.

Toshiro - Katanas AND Steampunk = This needs to be on your bookshelf.

Nitz continues, “We wanted to wear our influences on our sleeves, but do the hard work of creating something new. I think this book will appeal to any fans of adventure.”

The novel follows mechano-samurai Toshiro as he travels through a Victorian clockwork world, battling horrors too dark for mankind. With his mysterious partner, the world-famous adventurer Quicksilver Bob, Toshiro must face Earth’s greatest foe yet: the soul-stealing, zombie-creating jellyfish from beyond. Artist Janusz Pawlak’s jagged inks and moody watercolors create a world of dread and mystery.

We have to wait until June 4th for this to hit comic shops and June 17th for it to show up in bookstores, but this one is going to be worth the wait.

Writer: Jai Nitz
Artist: Janusz Pawlak
Price: $19.99
Publisher: Dark Horse
On-Sale: June 4, 2014 (comic book shops) / June 17, 2014 (bookstores)
Diamond ID: FEB140081
ISBN: 978-1-61655-529-0


About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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