Samurai Jack meets Back to the Future in Alison Wilgus's full-length debut Chronin Vol. 1, first in a duology that begins an action-packed time travel adventure.
2042, New York City: A day in the life of college student Mirai Yoshida means studying Japanese history, learning swordmanship, flirting with her TA, and preparing to go back in time to Japan in 1864.
But everything changes once she goes back to the past.
Immediately, Mirai and her classmates are ambushed by rebel samurai. Her friends are killed, her time-travel machine is lost, and Mirai ends up marooned. In order to survive, she disguises herself as a wandering samurai, and is hired by Hatsu, a tea waitress, as bodyguard for her travels.
The two set out, but neither are prepared for the rebellion simmering among the peasants. Mirai has to find her way back to the future soon, or else she may be the first casualty on the bloody front lines of a conflict that is destined to shape a nation.
Alison Wilgus is a NYT-bestselling writer for comics and prose, and her most recent graphic novel project is Science Comics: Flying Machines (with illustrator Molly Brooks). Wilgus's comics work has been published by First / Second, DC, Del Rey, Dark Horse, and Bongo Comics; her prose has been featured in Analog(forthcoming), Strange Horizons and VICE Magazine; and she has also done animation screenwriting for Cartoon Network. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.