Co-written by Robert Mackenzie and Dave Walker and drawn by the artist Justin Greenwood Compass will take the reader to another time and another era of exploration – starting June 16 as a five-issue miniseries for Image Comics teenage readers.
Set in the last part of the Islamic Golden Age, in the 13th century, Shahidah El-Amin travels from Baghdad’s House of Wisdom, where her quest for discovery takes her to the British Isles and the Welsh tribes said to hold the secret of eternal life. And a rival looking for the same.
The Compass comedy miniseries aims to offer a different approach to the popular adventure genre. Co-writer Robert Mackenzie says:
“Compass arose from our desire to tell a story of discovery without colonialism, of adventure without exploitation – something with the verve and energy of the pulp, but with a perspective not seen much in that genre”, said Robert Mackenzie.
Co-writer Dave Walker says, “This story has been with Robert and I since our early days writing together. We wanted to enter a world that felt absolutely real, but still with the thrill of haunted ruins, ancient wonders, and deadly rivals. “
Justin Greenwood, the show’s featured artist, added: “Compass has just the kind of energy and fun I was looking for in a new project. The sense of adventure can be felt in every song and Shahi is one of the most captivating characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of drawing. Compass being a teen book creatively is also a big bonus for me as my kids are finally getting old enough to read comics too. I’ve always enjoyed this kind of meaty action comics, but it’s a new and satisfying experience to be able to share with my family. “
The Compass comic received a not insignificant assistance from the acclaimed writer Greg Rucka, who said:
“I fell in love with Dave and Robert’s idea the moment they shared it with me. I like stories rooted in historical truth, in facts that have somehow been overlooked or – more often, I think – ignored in favor of a different, more ‘traditional’ story. “
He continues: “As much as Compass is an action adventure with all those beautiful pulp elements that I love, the bike is personal and intimate, ultimately about the friendship between two very impressive, very capable women from two very different backgrounds. As soon as I realized that, I knew Justin was the only artist who could deliver what Dave and Robert were looking for. I am very proud to have a very small part in making this book come to life. “
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