Young Mane is full of envy and strength, two essential qualities for
someone who wishes to engage in Pankat, a brutal martial art and philosophy for
those who practice it. Wandering the greatest Pankat schools in Irap,
Mane will quickly prove himself with the advice of Eiam, one of the
greatest masters of all time. But will he be able to resist the lure of
Fessat, a former student who will try to lead the young man into a life
of crime? The rules of life are not always as straightforward as those of a
The story of young warrior full of dreams and confidence
hoping to rise to the ranks of celebrity in the popular Pankat competitions. Set
in an otherworldly fictional universe, it is hard to pinpoint if this tale
qualifies as science-fiction or fantasy, straddling both with ease. Filled with
action and fully-realized, animated characters, the story of relationships and
responsibility supports the immense amount of blockbuster action, making this
less of a “martial arts” tale as much as a tale of morality.
Merwan’s unique visual style blends aspects of popular manga with American
comic art, giving this book a universality that defies comparison.
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