Not content to rest on the news that it’s instituting open submissions this May or the return of fan favorite “Hopeless Savages,” Oni Press continued its slate of “March Madness” announcements today with word on a series over eight years in the offing.
Headlined by married “Daredevil” TV writers Ruth Fletcher Gage and Christos Gage and drawn by Jackie Lewis, “Lion of Rora” is an true historical adventure story hitting shops this August. The graphic novel tells the story of Joshua Janavel and the Waldensians — a 17th century Christian movement in Italy that fought persecution with equal parts faith and swordplay.
“The Waldensians are Ruth’s ancestors, so the story of Joshua Janavel is a personal and important one to us,” said Christos Gage in a statement. “But it’s also a universal tale of the struggle for freedom, family and a safe place to call home. Jackie Lewis has done an incredible job capturing both the epic scope of the battles and the small moments that convey Janavel’s struggle between the simple man of peace he wanted to be and the brilliant general he became. We couldn’t ask for a better presentation than what Oni has given ‘Lion of Rora.'”
The project has had a long road to its final release. Originally announced in 2007, the graphic novel underwent rigorous research as it came together with Lewis — an artist who previously worked on Oni’s all-ages story “Play Ball” — as the final member of the creative team.
Alongside the announcement, Oni teased the rest of its incoming “March Madness” reveals with a hoops-esque bracket showcasing a little bit of the art set to debut in full later this month:
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