By Azzarello, BrianBy (artist) Risso, Eduardo
As the only exception to the Japan Ballet Association's scholarship program, underdog dancer Hijiri Masumi trains hard every day with other students who have all won the right to train under the best dance instructors. Because Masumi's technique leaves much to be desired, master ...instructor and genius dancer Alexei Sergeiev demands that she return to the basics to improve her technique. Masumi practices diligently, so that she will be chosen as one of three student performers in the Japan Ballet Company's special performance in Moscow. Eventually, some of the ballet students depart for various destinations around the world to further their dance careers. As Alexei leaves for Moscow, he reminds her once again to master the basics, because her journey has just begun. Hearing this heartening message, Masumi vows to work hard, and returns to the ballet studio to practice, only to find a handsome new foreign student has arrived. Will this newcomer support her in her quest to develop as a dancer, or will romantic entanglements become an obstacle?Read more
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Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Jonny Double, Batman: Broken City, and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 Bullets, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. Azzarello's other work for DC includes Hellblazer and Loveless with Marcelo Frusin; Dark Knight III: The Master Race with Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson; Superman: For Tomorrow with Jim Lee; Joker and Luthor with Lee Bermejo; Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and A Hard Place with Joe Kubert; Filthy Rich with Victor Santos; and most recently the all-new ongoing series Wonder Woman with Cliff Chiang. A native of Leones, Argentina, Eduardo Risso began drawing professionally in 1981. Risso spent many years working in Argentina as well as Europe before breaking into American comics in 1997. He worked with writer Brian Azzarello on the 1998 Vertigo miniseries Jonny Double, which began a partnership that continues to this day. Risso and Azzarello's work on Jonny Double led directly to their partnership on 100 Bullets. Since then the duo have joined forces on the DC graphic novel Batman: Broken City, Batman: Knight Of Vengeance, and the Vertigo limited series Spaceman. Risso's work on 100 Bullets has earned him four Eisner Awards, two Harvey Awards, and the Yellow Kid Award. Currently, Risso is back on a hunt for vengeance with Azzarello on the Vertigo limited series 100 Bullets: Brother Lono.
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