I first read Brandon Dayton‘s Green Monk back during Indy Comic Book Week, when a Diamond Comics Distributors skip week gave a bunch of independent comics creators a opportunity to promote their books to comic retailers and fans. It’s a beautiful minicomic that landed on YALSA’s “Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens” in 2011, and now it’s getting a graphic novel sequel, courtesy of Image Comics.
“So excited to be bringing the Green Monk to a wider audience through Image,” said Dayton in a press release. “This is a book that has all the things I love to see in comics. It’s a mix of quiet, contemplative moments with surreal, and sometimes explosive, action. I hope it can provide a real sense of journey and discovery.”
Green Monk: Blood Of The Martyrs follows a mysterious young boy raised by an order of peaceful monks, who wanders the countryside of a mythical Russia wielding only an enchanted blade of grass. “As he grows to manhood, bizarre dreams and the call of destiny lead him down a path to discover a powerful, mystical weapon and to face a terrible, violent choice.” You can read it online over at tapas, and the original minicomic is available for purchase on Dayton’s website.
Look for the graphic novel in September.