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3.20  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Zaya tells the story of secret agent in the distant future who left her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat destroys an orbiting colony station and former fellow agents start dying, she is called back into the field to find and stop the danger. Her investigation leads to many questions about her own past, filled with explosive re ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Lion Forge
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Anthony Vacca
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
A curvaceous super assassin with a set of twin daughters to take care of is pulled out of retirement by her former employers - a super secret organization, natch - to do one last job. Partnered with an A.I. illegally hacked to be sentient, our super hot anime heroine has to stop a maniac in a souped-up battle suit. But then a Twilight Zone twist suddenly puts our space babe in some dire alternate-reality straits that lead to a rushed ending that tries for a characteristically French flair. Bulbo ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Bullet Review:


I think this comic broke my head.
Picked this up randomly from the library to satisfy a Chaos Reading Treasure Hunt category. Quite pleasantly surprised. Drops you into the middle of the story and intense action immediately and never stops twisting and turning. The story sort of muddles its way along perhaps trying to do too much in too short a space, but the artwork is wonderfully chaotic and dense. I can't really mention too much about the plot without giving away surprises potential readers should enjoy themselves, so let's j ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-anime
I really enjoyed the illustrations, they made the story come alive. Futuristic cyberpunk ? Zaya is sexy, bad ass and richly detailed in her movements. She is interesting as a retired mother and gent called back into duty but not as fascinating as she could have been. The artwork stole the show for me, I didn’t really care about the story much.
I think something was lost in the translation. It was originally in French. The dialog was at times confusing I found myself looking at the illustrations f
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This is the second Jean-David Morvan graphic novel I've read this year and it bears many similarities to that other, similarly eponymous title, Naja. Here, once again, we have lethal disaffected, disenfranchised female operatives, a final mission, and the mind games that result. But the difference here is telling: the artwork of Huang-Jia Wei, in the style of manhua (manga), can't keep up with the ideas and themes of Mor
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I knew nothing of this book until it was recommended to me by the shop assistant at Page45 (the mans knowledge and exuberance is amazing and certainly convinced me to pick up a totally unknown book and buy it), and I must admit I was not disappointed.
The artwork is amazing and each panel is brimming with details, it is the sort of book you want to go back and study time and time again the detail is exquisite.
I know that many people say that graphic novels and comics should be
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, Zaya seemed super familar as I was reading it. Not surprising since I had just finished reading and reviewing another effort by Jean-David Morvan, Naja.

The premise is almost identical: a female assassin with a weird name is being hunted down. Yawn. Snooze. BOOOOORED.

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Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it

Zaya è un tentativo dello scrittore francese JD Morvan e dell’artista Huang-Jia Wei di creare una sorta di "manga franco-cinese"
Originariamente pubblicato in tre fascicoli tra il 2012 e il 2013, ora viene proposta in un unico volume e tradotto in inglese dalla Magnetic Press.

Protagonista della storia è Zaya, agente segreto in un futuro lontano che ha lasciato il suo posto governativo per cercare una vita normale come artista (è una olo-scultrice) e come madre. Quando una minaccia biomeccani
Amanda Leon
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This is the first comic that I've read from Jean-David Morvan, a french comic book writer. The story is really standard sci-fi, with the setting switching from a futuristic space battle and civilian life on Earth.

The main character is Zaya, a retired special operative who's a single mother with twins, and when tragedy strikes, is forced to come
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
What a frustrating reading experience... JD Morvan has the elements of a good story here, but a huge chunk of the tale bogs down in action scenes that often make little visual sense, which is a real shame, since much of Huang-Jia Wei's art is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe a part of the problem with the text is in the translation from the French, but much of the dialogue is redundant and unnecessary. There's a good story here, and good art, but unfortunately they don't meet up very often in this boo ...more
This book didn't work for me. I spent a lot of time trying to understand the plot, and when the "mystery" was finally solved, I was bored as hell. It was a shame, because the art is good.

*ARC provided by Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley.*
Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
While the art is fine, but most of the time I didn't understand what I saw. Dialog was fine, storytelling was okay, plot-wise... seems like it's too slow at the beginning that at the end of the story I felt like got left behind. Like there's this big hole of process got skipped just to show 'The End'. But the biggest problem I have is... it didn't answered the question what/ how it happened to Zaya. No answer, no explanation, no conclusion, no... whatsoever, just a happy ending (?). I felt.. was ...more
Michelle Tackabery
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
A really unique story, which was refreshing...hard AT with a heart, told exceptionally well. The visual style is utterly different from anything else I've read. Although the tales and characters are not alike, I think Kabuki fans would dig this.
Ian Wood
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Xian Xian
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This Advanced Reader's Copy was received from Netgalley

Science fiction has been a genre that I have been quite picky with for awhile. I'm not too interested in aliens and space ships, but when it comes to graphic novels, I'm quite fond of it. Science fiction in the YA section has been saturated and it all comes out the same thing, the graphic novel section has been keeping its stand in the Sci-Fi genre. There might be some books out there that would debate this though, but I'm trying not to buy

I took a long time to read and finish this thinking I would be savoring it afterwards like Naja. I thought Jean-David Morvan could do no wrong---and it isn’t that he necessarily did. I just started off enjoying this, and then was left with a weird aftertaste and nothing really to wash it down. After my whole Naja experience, I thought I would foresee and hopefully spot and assume terrible theories before I even made it to the end. What I ended up doing, is weird fixating on a lot of different il
Alice Marsh-Elmer
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Zaya is good--it's an interesting story, it flows along quickly, and it's entertaining. The issues I had with it, though, were rather frustrating. Throughout the first 1/2 to 2/3, the artistry is very sketchy--beautiful, in it's own right, in it's imaginative landscapes and vision of a futuristic space world--but very hard to interpret in many panels and some entire pages. Throughout, the illustrations are dark and busy, and when small details are important or faces need to be recognized (as an ...more
Ashley Ferguson
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed Naja, also by Jean-David Morvan, so I was really looking forward to reading Zaya. I was hoping for an exciting, multi-layered, sci-fi adventure, and that's pretty much what I got! There were a few things that didn't work for me, and a couple of times when things got really weird, but for the most part I thoroughly en
Wayne McCoy
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Zaya' is the new graphic novel from Jean-David Morvan, who also wrote 'Naja.' I enjoyed 'Naja,' but I think I might have liked 'Zaya' just a bit more, perhaps because of the SF theme and perhaps because of the art by Huang-Jia Wei.

Zaya is a secret agent and a killer, not unlike the main characters in 'Naja,' but the similarities end about there. Zaya hacks the spaceship she is given for a mission, and the ship becomes self-aware and helps her throughout. A funny moment happens when she's sent o
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Warning: it contains SPOILERS

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

I'm new to graphic novels, and I found this particular creation interesting, but it had some issues with it.

First the all, the drawing style. I loved it, but at times, particularly in the first two chapters, I could not understand the action. It felt that the characters were mingled with each other, and I couldn't differentiate them in some strips. Also, the first two chapters seem a bit too dark compared with the third one, which I have to say,
Jennifer Brinkle
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published in three volumes in French, Zaya, one of Magnetic Press’s recent acquisitions, will be released for the first time in English later this month in one hardcover compilation. The original release won a Silver honor from the 3rd International Manga Awards.

The story is simply amazing within the first two volumes. The character development was sound and the tech wasn’t overly descriptive making this an enjoyable read for everyone without the need for a scientific background. I wa

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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: September 1st 2014

I'd seen Zaya a few times on Netgalley and had always almost requested it, but something was holding me back. But when I saw some very positive reviews about it I changed my mind and decided this might just be something for me after all.

Zaya is a retired assassin and mother of two. But
Zaya Oblidine lived peacefully and happily as an artist and a mother of her twin daughter. Suddenly, she called back on duty coz some places being attacked. Zaya is a retired SPIRAL agent. After she got her target, Siegam Csazami, she killed him and planned to be back for her children. But when she backed, both of her kiddos didn't recognized her, called her sister Carmen as "mother" and the man she already killed back to life. The worst of it, Zaya suddenly doesn't existed!

It's been a long time
Paul Decker
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors and Magnetic Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

There are many similarities between Zaya and Jean-David Morvan's other work, Naja, but halfway through this graphic novel there's a twist that really grabbed my attention. I won't spoil it, but it involves twisting reality. I prefer Zaya to Naja, but that may be because I like space adventures more than spy thrillers.

The artwork in this graphic novel is different from
Odette Cortés
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
What happens when a hyperspace jump is pushed to a limit? Zaya is the story if a retired agent that is hoisted back to duty for a very large organization. Her colorful job allows her to see different worlds that are part of an interplanetary system. But there is something fishy about this last assignment. For starters they haven’t given her the whole picture, and everything goes awry from that point on. Zaya’s eclectic world is turned upside down once she achieves an unimaginable hyperspace feat ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Dialogue that's sparse and that's clearly been badly translated, overly-gratuitous costumes and poses, trendily muted (and then some) colour palette – it's obvious this title was not originally in English. But that doesn't of course make it a bad thing, and there are many good things to be had here. It's not the clearest story of inter-galactic secret agents and their bosses and their double- and triple-crosses, but it does present a lot of drama with the powerful baddy disrupting our title char ...more
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

I can't say I was particularly taken by the story in this graphic novel - a retired agent brought back into service by a shady corporation. But things go wrong from the very beginning and she has to fight tooth and nail to survive. Long hidden secrets are exposed. Nothing new and interesting in that. Moreover, the explanation of the physics involved was a bit dull - could have been a lot less technical stuff a
Vladimir Jankovic
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Main protagonist is a young special ops agent who is taken out of her retirement (yes, young but retired) to help her agency to catch a killer who is eliminating agents all across the world. But this book is not about that, so pretty soon you come to the 'wtf' moment and you never go back.

Good things in this novel are, of course in my humble opinion, introduction of story for about 1/3 of the book, and art style. But, art is also a bad thing as well. Artist is definitively skillfull illustrator
Shelly Schulz
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I really fell in love with the world that Morvan has created. Zaya is a retired covert agent called back into service when other agents, here called spirals are dying. The artist mother of a young pair of twins re-enters the world of spies and cloak and dagger assassinations.

The art is whispy and sketchy, with light lines. It’s an odd blend of Eastern and Western graphic novel art styles, but here in this case it
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Zaya is a futuristic black ops/spy comic. While the writing is adequate, the real story here is the gorgeous artwork by Huang-Jia Wei, whose attention to detail and eye for composition bring the setting to life. The artist takes a page from Masamune Shirow's playbook of deadly women in tangled, urban, science-fictional environments (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell), and the results are very good. While the combination of dense, messy linework and desaturated colors allows some otherwise great page ...more
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Jean-David Morvan is a French comic author, best known as the creator of the Sillage/Wake series.

After studying arts at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels, he first tried being a graphic artist, but eventually settled for writing instead.

His main series are 'Spirou and Fantasio', 'Sir Pyle' and 'Merlin', all with José Luis Munuera, and 'Sillage', with Philippe Buchet.

Other books in the series

Zaya (4 books)
  • Zaya 1 (Zaya, #1)
  • Zaya 2 (Zaya, #2)
  • Zaya tome 3 (Zaya, #3)
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