Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917.
100 years on from her death, questions are still raised about her conviction.
Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred, with no one to claim her body is told by break-out talent writer EMMA BEEBY (Judge Dredd), artist ARIELA KRISTANTINA (Insexts), and colorist PAT MASIONI drawing on biographies and released MI5 files.
In this first part of a five-issue mini-series, we meet Mata Hari in prison at the end of her life as she writes her memoir -- part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite, and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who has everything she loves taken from her.
But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale, of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became “the most dangerous spy France has ever captured” – a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal and loved only money.
Leading us to ask...who was the real Mata Hari?