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Genre-bending sci-fi 'Joyama' Vol. 1 & 2 coming in 2022
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Genre-bending sci-fi ‘Joyama’ Vol. 1 & 2 coming in 2022

‘Joyama’ vol. 1 and 2 from Daniel Isles coming in May and December!

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AIPT can exclusively share news of a new sci-fi trilogy coming from Dark Horse Comics called Joyama. The first two volumes come out this year with Joyama Vol. 1 out May 10 and Joyama Vol. 2 out December 13.

The series is by Daniel Isles explores the intricate city of Joyama, introducing eclectic characters and exploring the futuristic architecture of a densely populated metropolitan, while weaving a stylish fast-paced action-packed story of mystery and excitement.

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What is Joyama Volume 1 about?

A recently closed case has been reopened following a high-level assassination, but this was no ordinary takedown.

The transportation of a high-profile prisoner has been intercepted, but this was no rescue—true freedom awaits . . .  and death is the price one pays for failure. Who was this prisoner? And who ordered the hit? Long-time friends Ringo, Arwen, and Silas are members of an elite squad known as the Outrider Soldiers, a team of ambitious individuals contracted by prestigious clients and government officials to shake down organized crime. After receiving intel on the hit, a recently closed case is reopened. With ties to the most notorious crime syndicates and influential figures in the city, the conspiracy surrounding the case deepens and the danger intensifies. Is the case worth their freedom, their relationships, their lives? Or could there be something more worth pursuing—an ordinary life, peace . . . love? In the lively city of Joyama, nothing happens by chance—and a chance, may be all they have.

Joyama Dark Horse Isles

What is Joyama Volume 2 about?

The tension is rising in the city and a highly anticipated tournament could see it all erupt.

Two houses are on the brink of war as coordinated attacks are carried out throughout the city—hitting the sacred heritage sites of the Royal House. With a legendary tournament set to begin, the city’s on alert, and all eyes are on the House of Vipers—those suspected of committing the violent acts. Meanwhile, Rubi has made a new home for herself living with Ringo—she’s officially an Outrider assistant with a few missions under her belt and now, tough as nails. But Ringo seems to have only two things on his mind—exacting revenge on Black Cotton, and envisioning all that could have been with his love, Arwen. With Ringo’s squad left scarce, a new member joins the team—one unlike any other! Amid the clamor of the upcoming tournament, the city in unrest, and Viper activity at the border, the Outriders soon discover this alleged feud goes deeper than a house rivalry.

Joyama Dark Horse Isles

Dark Horse Comics has been on a roll announcing graphic novels of late including the sci-fi story Organisms from an Ancient Cosmos.

For more on this, read the official press release below.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (March 31, 2022)—Dark Horse Books is thrilled to present the first two volumes of a genre-bending sci-fi trilogy Joyama! Illustrator and comic artist Daniel Isles (also known by his pen name DirtyRobot) crafts an immersive experience through the intricate city of Joyama, introducing eclectic characters and exploring the futuristic architecture of a densely populated metropolitan, while weaving a stylish fast-paced action-packed story of mystery and excitement.

In Joyama Volume 1 a recently closed case has been reopened following a high-level assassination, but this was no ordinary takedown.

The transportation of a high-profile prisoner has been intercepted, but this was no rescue—true freedom awaits . . .  and death is the price one pays for failure. Who was this prisoner? And who ordered the hit? Long-time friends Ringo, Arwen, and Silas are members of an elite squad known as the Outrider Soldiers, a team of ambitious individuals contracted by prestigious clients and government officials to shake down organized crime. After receiving intel on the hit, a recently closed case is reopened. With ties to the most notorious crime syndicates and influential figures in the city, the conspiracy surrounding the case deepens and the danger intensifies. Is the case worth their freedom, their relationships, their lives? Or could there be something more worth pursuing—an ordinary life, peace . . . love? In the lively city of Joyama, nothing happens by chance—and a chance, may be all they have.

And in Joyama Volume 2 tension is rising in the city and a highly anticipated tournament could see it all erupt.

Two houses are on the brink of war as coordinated attacks are carried out throughout the city—hitting the sacred heritage sites of the Royal House. With a legendary tournament set to begin, the city’s on alert, and all eyes are on the House of Vipers—those suspected of committing the violent acts. Meanwhile, Rubi has made a new home for herself living with Ringo—she’s officially an Outrider assistant with a few missions under her belt and now, tough as nails. But Ringo seems to have only two things on his mind—exacting revenge on Black Cotton, and envisioning all that could have been with his love, Arwen. With Ringo’s squad left scarce, a new member joins the team—one unlike any other! Amid the clamor of the upcoming tournament, the city in unrest, and Viper activity at the border, the Outriders soon discover this alleged feud goes deeper than a house rivalry.

Joyama Volume 1 will be available everywhere books are sold May 10, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Joyama Volume 2 will be available everywhere books are sold December 13, 2022. They will retail for $19.99 each.

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