Assassins. Political. Romance. Swordplay. Sleepless, the new ongoing series from Image Comics and creators Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada) and Leila del Duca (Afar), has everything you could ask for in a fantasy comic—including one of the most memorable female protagonists you’ll meet this year.
The first collected trade edition of Sleepless is out in July, but Image has given us the chance to share the entire first issue with you now. Check it out below the back-cover summary, and if you like what you see—and how could you not, with del Duca’s intricate line work, those gorgeous colors from Alissa Sallah, and Deron Bennett’s lettering?—you can preorder the trade edition, available July 17.
Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king’s reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada, Eternal Empire) and artist Leila del Duca (Shutter, Afar) team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance.