Victor Santos (Polar, Violent Love) has a new graphic novel coming in October from Dark Horse that is an opportunity for English-speaking audiences to get a dose of his rather electrifying artwork for the first time on Rashomon. The new book consists of two installments of a noir mystery set in Japan during the time of the samurai, the first of which was originally published in Santos’ native Spanish, but is now being translated for the first time, and the second installment of which is currently appearing in Europe. Here we get both tales in one volume, rendered in English with new cover artwork and plenty of extras and process pieces, for which Santos is known.
Rashomon begins with the body of a samurai found on the road to Yamashina in feudal Japan, and the story encompasses the search for his killer. Detective Heigo Kobayashi takes the case but finds only “dead-end clues” and no direct witnesses. In this book, Santos’ predilection for noir and filmic elements takes flight, inspired by Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s tales featuring the heroic commissioner Heigo Kobayashi.
Victor Santos has kindly shared some process art with us today on Comicon.com. Here’s our look at his process in developing the cover for Rashomon:
Next, Santos shares with us some intentionally Will Eisner-style chapter divisions appearing in this new book: