Crime meets comics in the Dark Horse’s MAFIOSA

by Charles LePage

The Kickstarter hit MAFIOSA will be published by Dark Horse Comics October 2021.

mafiosacov Crime meets comics in the Dark Horse's MAFIOSA

The press release follows:

Media Release — The Roaring Twenties are back! With all the romanticism and brazen violence of mafia-dominated New York, Mafiosa sets the status quo ablaze–with style, class, and a smoking barrel this October.

Developed from an original story by Thomas Brooke of Portland’s Rainwerks Studio, creators Sunshine Barbito, Alessia Alfano, Débora Caritá, Ronda Pattison, and Mariacristina Federica bring you into the life of Nicoletta. The youngest in a Sicilian-American family, Nicoletta has aspirations to join her brothers in the family business–an organized crime syndicate running the streets of Manhattan. But when Nicoletta confronts her father and announces her desire to join the family business a crisis ensues. Refusing to take no for an answer, Nicoletta takes it upon herself to prove she has what it takes, moving steadfastly into a world of brutality with her own ideas to capitalize on the cocaine drug trade.

What transpires is not just a tale of a woman’s rise within the Marchesi crime family but a genre-busting look at how the players in this mafia story are transformed when Nicoletta proves better at the deadly game than her male coworkers. New York has a new player in town, and they ain’t seen nothing yet!

“What draws me into the world of organized crime is the juxtaposition of tradition, loyalty, hyper-morality, and what boils down to murderous greed. We wanted to take this familiar and popular storytelling genre; set in the roaring twenties, but show you this world from a different perspective in order to create a dialogue. For me, this story is about desire and how it affects people once it takes over completely.”– Sunshine Barbito

Mafiosa TPB arrives in comic shops October 13, 2021 and bookstores October 26, 2021. Pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shopfor $19.99

Praise for Mafiosa

“Mafiosa has one of the most intriguing premises for a crime comic I’ve read in years, and it’s executed (!) with style and guts…breathless and bloody and wonderful in a way few comics are. I can’t wait for more!”–Gail Simone

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