Synopses & Reviews
Niko, the Steampunk Samurai, is in Her Majesty's service. But is he a faithful royal bodyguard, or a for-hire yojimbo? A perfect warrior, or a soulless weapon? Follow Niko on his journey of self-discovery with Uri Bronski and Cherokee Geisha, as the Three Yojimbo explore a bizarre futuristic world populated by silent samurai, fast talking geisha, deadly mecha-betsushikime, digital djihits and morphing butterflies. This is a collection of the four-issue 'Robotika' series written and illustrated by creator Alex Sheikman, with coloring by Joel Chua, and including short stories illustrated by Leif Jones and Travis Sengaus. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alex Sheikman wrote and drew Moonstruck and illustrated Bloodlust at Slave Labor Graphics. He has illustrated a number of short stories for independent publishers and assisted on a couple of projects for Marvel and DC, including a StingRay story in Marvel Comics Presents. His illustration work has appeared in books published by White Wolf, Holistic Design, and Goodman Games, amongst others.
"In the future, genetic enhancements of humans and humanizing treatments on machines all in pursuit of a 'true cyber-genetic hybrid' have resulted in a race of discarded cyborgs and other experiments who live at the edges of the universe. The Queen's chief scientist creates a 'biological machine' that could bring cyborgs and humans together. But before he can bring it to her, he is killed and his invention stolen. The queen sends mysterious samurai Niko to recover it. He travels from world to world in search of his prize, having misadventures and picking up companions on the way. This is the first full-length work by Sheikman, whose prior work as a role-playing game illustrator informs the tale, from the detailed world-building to the quest structure. Sheikman's dreamy yet sharp art features bizarre details reminiscent of Mike Mignola's early work on Hellboy, and his story has absurdities that recall Grant Morrison's edgy plotting. But the marriage of these techniques results in something all Sheikman's. Chua's nuanced color work and expert shading adds much clarity. Though at times overwritten, Robotika is a unique treat and should appeal to fans of Mignola and Morrison as well as samurai film devotees." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Niko, the Steampunk Samurai, is in Her Majesty's service. But is he a faithful royal bodyguard or a for-hire yojimbo? A perfect warrior or a soulless weapon? Follow Niko on his journey of self-discovery with Uri Bronski and Cherokee Geisha, as the Three Yojimbo explore a bizarre futuristic world populated by silent samurai, fast talking geisha, deadly mecha-betsushikime, digital djihits and morphing butterflies.
About the Author
Alex is the writer and artist of Robotika, a comic book published by Archaia.Robotika is his first major effort as a storyteller.