Wildly, dizzyingly imaginative, and grimly allegorical. At times it fairly ‘bleats’ with wry humor, and the art is spectacular. Can’t wait for the next two installments!
– Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City
THE CLOVEN BOOK ONE stars James Tucker, the most successful genetically modified human organism ever created. Conceived in a privately financed, top-secret laboratory on Washington State’s Vashon Island, Tucker is a cross between a human and a goat — a Cloven. Known to his friends as Tuck, all he wants is to live a normal life as a university student; everything is going fine, until he shows a girl his hoofs…
Moody and mysterious and atmospheric as a fever dream, The Cloven Book One follows Tuck’s breakneck journey across the Pacific Northwest as he searches for a place to belong.
Homeless people in Seattle’s notorious urban Jungle, secret labs, a gentle scientist who believes lonely genetic mutations need love, gorgeous illustrations, and a new species of gifted goat people in our midst as mythic as the Sasquatch — The Cloven has it all in a suspenseful debut.
– Charles Johnson, National Book Award winnin author of Middle Passage
From the first stark, cut-you-to-the-bone scene, The Cloven is riveting—a delightful modern-day twist on the Frankenstein story. The writing is stylistically dark; the art is vivid and strikingly beautiful. Stein and Southworth have created a masterful and unique world.
– Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Fortress and Faster!
The Cloven makes me believe in comics, in art on the page, in the beauty of an image, in the intimacy of a story that moves from the mind to the hand the then to the imagination of the reader. Mostly it makes me believe—truly believe —in a hero that comics champion better than any other medium: the underdog.
– Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author and Eisner Award nominee