I’ve been given the opportunity to do an early read and review of Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons, the first in an alternative history action/adventure graphic novel trilogy set in 1914 England. Book one introduces “protagonist Miss Persephone Wright and her team of suffragette Amazons – a secret society of women, trained in the martial arts, who protect the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement just before World War One.”
This one is a winner. With Tony Wolf’s tight dialogue and Joao Vieira’s visceral illustrations driving the story forward, Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons is a fun, intense, fast-moving, visually engaging treat generating plenty of locomotive power to flex the weight of its historic period without slowing its narrative. Characters launch out of their introductions into glorious motion and the plot twists bursting from the final pages set the bar high for the two installments to come – if the Suffrajitsu trilogy can live up to its own expectations this is going to be one hell of a ride.
The suffragettes of Suffrajitsu, silenced by their own government, learn to defend themselves so they can hold a podium long enough to make their voices heard, and their situation is well summed-up in one line of dialogue: “Ladylike means are all very well when one is dealing with gentlemen, but now you are dealing with politicians.”
Most of the characters and events of Suffrajitsu Book 1, including the real suffragette bodyguard team, are based on true history and can be explored on the Suffrajitsu website. There is also a link to a free series prequel Judith Lee short story which I have for you here.