Kickstarting Comics: ‘Assassin G’ From Immortal Studios

by Olly MacNamee

To further expand its Wuxia martial arts-based shared universe Immortal Studios are launching their latest announced title through Kickstarter. Assassin G is by TV’s Supergirl writer Jen Troy with art by He Tao, colouring by Hi-Fi Design and lettering by AndWorld Design.

“Assassin G presents the deadly saga of vengeance between warring factions in the martial underworld in the early 1980s. The novel that inspired Assassin G by Wuxia master Shiao Yi, 甘 19 妹 (Gan the 19th Sister), is known as one of the preeminent IPs in the Chinese speaking world which has been adapted for television four times, and this new series will mark the story’s first comic book and English language adaptation.  

In Assassin G Margot Gan was orphaned at the age of two and raised to be a master martial artist, the virtually unstoppable and ghostlike Assassin G. Her sole mission in life is to eliminate the powerful families of the Seven Cultivations Alliance and avenge their betrayal of her stepmother, the formidable Shui Hongshao. But everything changes when Assassin G encounters JP Yin, the leading heir of the Yueyang Family (one of the families of the Seven Cultivations Alliance).”

The Assassin G Kickstarter campaign is now live. And writer Jen Troy added:

“At the heart of ASSASSIN G is a thrilling game of cat and mouse that plays out between an Assassin syndicate and the ruling martial families,” said Jen Troy. “When they meet, both fists and romantic sparks fly, leading us to wonder: will their mutual admiration lead to something more, or will their loyalties to their respective families keep them apart like Romeo & Juliet? It’s the classic ‘will they, won’t they,’ and it plays out in a super-fun globe-trotting adventure in the ‘80s.”

He Tao also had something to say about this new fantasy title:

“ASSASSIN G delivers Wuxia action and international intrigue. Each page needs to capture the interpersonal drama that drives the story, along with widescreen set pieces and ‘80s era culture. I was a fan of the original Gan the 19th Sister  in Chinese, and It’s a career high to bring the story of Assassin G and JP Yin to life in the first ever comic book adaptation of the story to bring this classic to a new international audience.”

Immortal Studios’ Founder and CEO Peter Payhuan Shiao also had this to say about the wider vision for Immortal Studios:

“Our goal is to bring the entirety of the wuxia tradition from its founding spiritual ideals thousands of years ago, and more recent interpretations, into the contemporary world,” said Peter Shiao. “In Assassin G, We’re transporting the core story elements of the original 甘 19 妹 (Gan the 19th Sister) into the greed-fueled, pop driven, and post war days of the early 1980s at a time when many of the ancient traditions are disappearing to reflect where we are at today. I am so very excited to introduce this legendary story to the West for the first time, while offering the millions of existing fans brand new story elements.” 

Assassin G #1  comes with a main cover by He Tao, as well as variant covers from comic book artists Jim Cheung, Joyce Chin, Gene Ha, and painter Gian Galang.

For more details, follow Immortal Studios on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. To support the Assassin G campaign, head to Kickstarter

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