“Massive. Mesmerizing.” — Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
“Opotowsky effortlessly weaves over twenty complex characters together... Hoffmeister’s limpid gray wash and ink drawings render the cityscapes with dreamy affectionate realism.” — Library Journal
“Like the city itself, vibrant and contradictory... Reading Nocturne, you can practically feel and smell the air, humid and fuggy with inharmonious odors.” — NPR
“Extremely immersive — Opotowsky draws you into a world that is hauntingly familiar while still being exotic. It’s a beautiful comic.” — Comic Book Resources
“A story as mysterious as it is labyrinthine… This trilogy is distinguished as a remarkable chronicle of the Chinese spirit. A very beautiful success.” — Actua BD
“Opotowsky’s graphic novels engage with and expose colonial tropes of Hong Kong, in many ways challenging its historical status as a mysterious and exotic location for a Western gaze by re-situating history and calling attention to excluded perspectives and viewpoints.” — Wasafiri Magazine
“Angie Hoffmeister takes over from Aya Morton on art duties, and her work is even more breathtaking. Hoffmeister does a brilliant job of merging her own style with the sensibilities established by Morton, and both volumes complement each other perfectly, like two dialects of the same language.” — Shelf Abuse
“The second book in The Walled City Trilogy is as fascinating as the first. The plot is woven carefully and subtly. Anne Opotowsky is leading us towards a crescendo…” — Grovel
Emmy Award-winning writer Anne Opotowsky and stunning artist Angie Hoffmeister present the second volume in the massive saga of ambition, loyalty, and the walls we build inside and out; animating an irresistible historical setting with powerful modern resonance.
Book Two of Anne Opotowsky’s epic Walled City Trilogy leaps simultaneously forward and back.
In 1905, a child is kidnapped and brought to Hong Kong, growing into a clever and reckless young man looking for answers. In the 1930s, the British are shaping that island into the free-trade playground for which it will soon become famous… while China’s internal strife borders on chaos. The eccentricities of Hong Kong rub off on everyone, the greed is more palpable, the lust and caution ride herd on both the young and old.
Within the Walled City itself, the population has grown by leaps and bounds, despite attempts to clear them out. Both the British and the Chinese now declare it a lawless ghetto, a legal No Man’s Land… so the city evolves into an astonishing world of its own. In this chaotic yet harmonious world, the three boys from Book One — Song, Xi, and Yubo — are finding three very different ways to become men.
Abductions, obsessions, refugees, and star-crossed lovers intertwine throughout this staggeringly ambitious and gorgeously illustrated saga… while the undercurrents of power, manipulation, and loss begin to show terrible cracks in the walls. — a 460-page, full-color softcover graphic novel with 3” French flaps, 8" x 11.5”