Praise for the Suffrajitsu trilogy:
“The first chapter is a captivating introduction to the concept and characters, emphasizing the reality of this struggle for these women before taking a sudden left turn that considerably expands the scope of the story, and later issues continue to impress as the creative team combines political commentary, sci-fi intrigue, pulse-pounding action, and intense character drama in one briskly paced narrative.” (Read full review)
– Oliver Sava, The AV Club Comics Panel.
“(…) a sharply original graphic novel trilogy by Tony Wolf and Joao Vieira. Like the movie, it features fictional composites. And it gives an electrifying treatment to various pivotal events, i.e., that 1914 Pankhurst speech in Glasgow (…) Talk about graphic. And novel.” (Read full review)
– Katharine Whittemore, The Boston Globe.
“(…) an adventurous, steampunk-tinged alternate history of the British women’s rights movement that is perhaps less alternate than you might expect, if you’re unfamiliar with the movement.”
– Cynthia Ward, The Aqueduct Press.
” (…) as I got further into Suffrajitsu, I fell further in love. Not only does it have some BA women doing BA things, but I love the dialogue.” (Read full review)
– Heather Stewart, Feminism in Cold Storage.
“This one is a winner. With Tony Wolf’s tight dialogue and Joao Vieira’s visceral illustrations driving the story forward, Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons is a fun, intense, fast-moving, visually engaging treat, generating plenty of locomotive power …” (Read full review)
– Richard Ellis Preston, author of the Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series.
“What to read after seeing Suffragette (…) while the character Edith Ellyn is not real, Helena Bonham Carter based her performance on the very real Edith Garrud, who taught the suffragettes jiu-jitsu. This comic highlights their awesomeness.” (Read full review)
– Alice Burton, reviewer, BookRiot.com.
“Persephone Wright quickly engaged me as an admirable heroine, and I was easily drawn into her struggles. The supporting characters were distinct and came to life in just a few brush strokes (…) The art is vibrant, energetic and cinematic, perfectly suited to the action/adventure nature of the story.” (Read full review)
– Dawn Alden, Founder, Vicarious Films.
“The comic is a corker: it captures dramatized Edwardian life in a most vivid display. The language marches forth with commanding cadence, the wardrobe is nothing less than gorgeous, and the iron in these characters is impossible to ignore. These heroines vie for equality, for their personal freedom, and eventually, for much more than they bargained for. (Read full review)
– Casey Jones, author of All Fall Down.
“This is a much-needed book that you should definitely pick up for a good dose of empowerment. The plot is fun, the intensity level is high, and it was a great deal of fun to buckle in for the ride.” (Read full review)
– Nikki Sherman, editor, RhymesWithGeek.com.
“Wolf’s prose and Vieira’s art flow weave a seamless tapestry of action which will leave you wanting more. Indeed, every time I think about this series, I want to read big, thick books on the subject. It’s rare to find a short work that opens up your horizons like this, and I think that after you read it for yourself, you’ll agree.” (Read full review)
– Scott James Magner, author of Homefront and the Seasons of Truth series.
“I really enjoyed the first issue. I like the fact that they have strong female characters with agency as well as male allies. Its also a pretty exciting and action-packed romp.” (Read full review)
– Ferdie Schaller, Adventures in Stabbing.
“Suffrajitsu is a fabulous read. Fast-paced, funny and richly immersive, the story tumbles from the pages with poise and energy that well-represents the champions of early feminism.
Militant freedom fighters in petticoats – the stuff of legend!” (Read full review)
– Samantha Swords: artist, writer and swordfighter.
“The fast-paced writing by Tony Wolf and bold, energetic art by Joao Vieira complement each other—and the subject matter—perfectly to move the story along and express the urgency the characters feel.” (Read full review)
– Rebecca Escamilla, LaughingSquid.com.
“Part history, part action / adventure / mystery, Suffrajitsu as a graphic novel adds a twist to an important historical event.” (Read full review)
– Ellen Friedrichs, LGBT Teens Expert, gayteens.about.com.
“Suffrajitsu is done very, very right. Wolf’s script crackles with energy and documented historical events, but uses them to cleverly spin the book into a thriller rather than an overt historical piece.” (Read full review)
– Alasdair Stuart, Editor, The Travelling Man.
“A solid grounding in the actual events of the day makes for an excellent springboard into a tale of international intrigue and adventure. There’s a big twist in the first issue that moves the story from canonical to alternative history. I can’t tell you what it is, but I can tell you it left me breathless.” (Read full review)
– J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series.
“I recommend this graphic novel to fellow Steampunk enthusiasts, feminists, and anyone who enjoys a finely made story.” (Read full review)
– Lynne Lumsden Green, editor, Morrigan Books.
By the time I was finished with the first installment of this three-part series (which includes a pretty shocking twist that got me checking my history books) I found myself absolutely beguiled by Tony Wolf’s story and the ass-kicking women inhabiting its pages. Joao Vieira’s illustrations are beautiful, the story tight and enthralling. I absolutely recommend this and I can’t wait to read the next two issues. (Read full review)
– Paul Antony Jones, author of the Extinction Point series.
“Suffrajitsu is a bracing inroad into this more unusual aspect of the women’s suffrage campaign. It coincides with the resurgence of interest in the women’s suffrage movement and the ongoing fascination with Neo-Victorian studies. At the same time, the novel’s breathless pace leads, with the author’s sleight of hand, to an eerie denouement which demands us to think on beyond the pages.” (Read full review)
– Dr. Emelyne Godfrey, author of From Dagger Fans to Suffragettes: Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society.
“Tony Wolf has hit on something interesting here. There might be another comic out there that takes on the suffragette movement in 1914, but if so I don’t know anything about it. These women are not prim and proper. They are kick ass.
Joao Vieira’s art seems a perfect match for the subject matter. It really has that old-timey vibe that takes a reader straight back to 1914.” (Read full review)
– Victor Gischler, author of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike – A Dark Place, Vampire A Go-Go, X-Men: The Curse is Broken.
“When a writer and artist can make what is an exciting, but traditionally academic subject and transpose it into an interesting comic, then they are doing something right.” (Read full review)
– Cape Rust – contributing editor, PopCults.com.
“Street-fighting suffragettes. This is what Mary Poppins was missing. Flossie is perhaps my favorite character, mostly because of how much she eyes everything English as eye-roll worthy.” (Read full review)
– Victoria Irwin – Editor in Chief, FanGirlNation.
“I love when the art and story come together to show something amazing. It’s a double bonus if it makes you want to rush out and learn a history lesson! I’m definitely looking out for Volume 2!” (Read full review)
– Tasha Gray, TheReadingChick.
“… feminist ninja activists! Honestly, if that doesn’t convince you then nothing will. The story is a socio-political, action-adventure, historical mystery, so if you like a bit of genre-mashing you should appreciate this one.” (Read full review)
– Anon, The Bookshelf Gargoyle.
“In this new high quality graphic version of the militant battle for “Votes For Women” meet snarling, bullish bobbies and battling Baritsu-trained suffragettes: get close up to champion Persephone Wright and her deadly umbrella, get to know moustachioed William Barton-Wright the inventor of Bartitsu, and spot the nimbly tailored Toupie Lowther sturdily behind the wheel of Emmeline Pankhust’s limousine.” (Read full review)
- Val Brown, author, ToupieLowther.com.