Panel Mania: ‘My Broken Mariko’

September 18, 2020 | 1 book mentioned

In manga artist Waka Hirako’s My Broken Mariko, Tomoyo, a young professional woman, is shocked to learn that Mariko, her closest friend, has committed suicide. But Tomoyo also knows Mariko was physically and psychologically abused by her father from a young age.

In this eight-page excerpt, Tomoyo decides to avenge the unnecessary death of her friend and honor her life by stealing Mariko’s ashes from her abusive father and taking her friend on a final journey to memorialize her life.

My Broken Mariko by Waka Hirako will be published by Yen Press in September.

This piece was produced in partnership with Publishers Weekly.

is senior news editor of Publishers Weekly and editor of PW Comics World.

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