J. P. Kalonji wields a clean- street-informed style to deliver a tale that glistens with blood and drama- yet is ultimately uplifting. Nearly four hundred pages long- this graphic novel employs full-page panels to tell the story of an Edo-era swordsman’s quest for survival and enlightenment. When Ningen leaves his dojo at the request of his master-to travel the world and grow as a swordsman-he embarks on a journey that becomes a metaphor for the cycle of life and every human’s possibility for spiritual growth. o Collaborating with such international clients as Wyclef Jean- Amnesty International- Thrasher- and Burton snowboards- illustrator J. P. Kalonji has begun to enchant the world with his energetic art style. Now he’s ready to make a splash with his English-language graphic-novel debut! o This engaging- nearly 400-page tale draws comparisons to both Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal and Jeff Smith’s Bone.