The Scarlet Rose – A French Female-Led Swashbuckling Adventure

by Hannah Means Shannon

 

Papercutz’ new Charmz line of comics geared toward young women is reaching its second phase of releases in September with the arrival of the first volume of The Scarlet Rose. Originally published in France, the series of graphic novels is both written and drawn by Patricia Lyfoung, with color by Philippe Ogaki, has now been translated by Joe Johnson.

On September 5th, readers will meet Maud, a “brave and headstrong girl who relies on her wits and fighting ability in equal measure”. When the series begins, she is living with her father and learning sword fighting (a la Arya Stark’s younger days), but when her father is murdered, Maud is taken away to a different life by her grandfather who wants her to become “a real lady”.  Maud, however, wants to avenge her father’s death. Described as “high adventure and historical fiction” as well as a “swashbuckling thriller”, The Scarlet Rose also introduces a highwayman known as the Fox and was a best-seller in its native France.

The Scarlet Rose Volume 1: I Knew I’d Meet You arrives in September! Here’s a peek at the interior art on this new book: