Writer Jon Tsuei and artist Audrey Mok will launch a new Sera and the Royal Stars limited series for Vault Comics this July.
Colorist Raul Angulo, letterer Jim Campbell, and designer Tim Daniel round out the creative team for the series, which focuses on a princess' quest to put the stars back in the heavens.
"Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens," reads the publisher's description of the book. "Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars - now trapped on Earth -and save her people from dearth and death."
"Sera and the Royal Stars is the kind of fantasy story we (and I do mean all of us—creators, editors, publishers, retailers) were told for years was too grand in scope to market in comics. Which, of course, was absolute nonsense. Saga alone obliterated that previously held misconception," said Vault Editor-in-Chief Adrian Wassel in a statement. "And a little lesbian Viking comic I happen to love deeply—yes, Heathen—also did its part tearing down walls. But I think, following the success of those titles and others, the truth of the matter emerged: High fantasy, epics of all sorts, aren’t too grand for the medium. That’s absurd. They’re just really dang difficult to make well."
"Enter Sera and the Royal Stars, a high fantasy quest blending dozens of Asian mythologies that somehow made me feel like I was re-watching my favorite episodes of Avatar, while re-reading my favorite issues of Monstress, with a hero I cared about so deeply I was twelve again discovering a book (it was Bone for me then) that felt like it had existed forever, and would exist forever, whose characters were so rich I’d think of them as secret friends of mine right up until the day I keeled over. So yeah, I took a long time getting to where I should have started: I love this series. I love this series so much that sometimes I forget it’s new—that the rest of the world hasn’t just been reading it and loving it for decades."
Sera and the Royal Stars #1 is due out in July.