Tattoo Artists, Assassins, and American Yakuza In Pearl By Brian Michael Bendis

Pearl Vol. 1, the new series by the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones, Brian Michael Bendis (SupermanPowers) and Michael Gaydos (Alias) begins a masterful saga involving art, crime, loyalty and passion.

Pearl Tanaka is an outsider among outsiders. A Japanese American with albinism, she was born into a world ruled by the American yakuza. Now she uses her unequaled skills as a tattoo artist to make a living in San Francisco, and all that she owes to the yakuza is the occasional kickback from her shop.

That all changes the day that she meets Rick Araki…and saves his life. Rick is another tattoo artist, who’s run afoul of a different yakuza clan. By interfering with their hit on him, Pearl risks drawing her patron into a deadly gang war.

Worse, Pearl has revealed to her yakuza bosses one of her deepest secrets: she has a talent for killing. Now, to pay off her debt, she must become an assassin for her yakuza clan.

But Pearl Tanaka’s secrets run more than skin deep.

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A more mature and seasoned writer now, Mr. Bendis tells a more nuanced story. Set in modern day San Francisco and with an outstanding artwork and coloring, this book is a wonderful addition to the collection of crime comics fans.

*****

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