Words and art by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky.

Ah, summers. The sun warming down on you, the sound of neighbors trimming their lawns, dogs barking, children playing, and you, with a good book.

BOOM! Studios has one particularly beautiful original graphic novel in store for our glorious summer reading. It’s Persephone, an all-ages modern day fantasy by French artist Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky (Vaincus mais vivants, Pocahontas, La Princesse du Nouveau Monde). It features young Persephone, adopted daughter of Demeter, who sets off to the Underworld in order to discover the truth behind her mysterious lineage.

Enjoy this extended preview of Persephone, courtesy of Archaia and BOOM! Studios — and happy reading!

$19.99 | MAY 16

From Archaia & BOOM! Studios: BOOM! Studios is proud to continue Archaia Summer Reading, a week-long spotlight on the powerful original graphic novel releases from the award-winning imprint in the coming months with an extended first look at PERSEPHONE.

Arriving in stores this May, PERSEPHONE follows a young girl whose search for the truth about her identity leads her on a journey deep into the Underworld by visionary writer/artist Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky. She may be the adopted daughter of the famous magician Demeter, but Persephone struggles to find her place alongside the force of nature that is her mother. Driven by recurring nightmares, she decides to explore the secrets of her birth, which everyone around her seems rather intent on keeping from her. With or without their help, Persephone will embark on an epic adventure deep into the Underworld where she’ll discover who—or what—she is.

“PERSEPHONE is a story for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t fit or like the world is telling them who they’re supposed to be, even if it’s not who they want to be,” said Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Storyteller Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky beautifully reimagines the Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter, the eponymous Persephone, as a nuanced modern day fantasy adventure for readers of all ages.”