In the future, wars will be settled by a ball game.
War. Plague. Famine. Death. The metaphorical horsemen had a field day with humanity, driving civilization to ruin before we could even make it to the next century. The post-apocalyptic society of Pan now survives by growing rice and scavenging among the wreckage of their destroyed civilization. But their precarious existence comes under threat when the powerful, technologically advanced Federation of Fortuna forces them into a dangerous choice—submit to Fortuna’s rule or best them in a barbaric, ritualized game known as “Celestial Mechanics”. Pan’s only hope? A hot-headed outcast they’d rejected for being too “un-Pan”: a girl named Aster.
ASTER OF PAN is lushly watercolored original graphic novel by acclaimed writer/artist/animator MERWAN (“Blood and Gold”, “For the Empire”, and “Glory Days”). This 200-page hardcover is packed end-to-end with high-octane action sequences mixed with gripping character drama and a moving spirit of determination and hope. Like the best high-concept YA summer blockbusters, ASTER OF PAN will have you poised at the edge of your seat till the end credits roll.
Themes of teamwork, family, belonging, betrayal, and justice play out on battlefield-like arenas created in the middle of the wastelands. ASTER OF PAN can be described as THE HUNGER GAMES meets DODGE BALL as if animated in the style of AKIRA — fast-paced and pulse-pounding action mixed with moments of character relationship that will have you coming back to the pages over and over again.
The book was an Official Selection of the 2020 Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême) in the Young Adult category.
Written and illustrated by: Merwan