On sale in comic book shops March 21, 2012:
JUDGE BAO VOL. 1: JUDGE BAO & THE JADE PHOENIX
Retail Price: $14.95 U.S.
Page Count: 160 pages
Format: hardcover, 7” x 5.25″ (landscape), black and white
Written by Patrick Marty
Illustrated by Chongrui Nie
Cover by Chongrui Nie
First published in France, Judge Bao is China’s answer to Sherlock Holmes! To combat the scourge that goes along with great prosperity, Chinese Emperor Ren Zong gives broad magistrate powers to Judge Bao. He becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. His aversion to corruption and dedication to justice make him a popular hero, with many enemies. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing, and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice. In the first volume, Judeg Bao and the Jade Phoenix, Bao finds himself in a small village where a mother mourns her son, languishing in prison, caught in a complicated love triangle and accused of a murder he says he did not commit. Will Judge Bao find the real murderer?
Read a preview of Judge Bao at this link.