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Suffrajitsu: The Collected Edition (Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons) by [Wolf, Tony]
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Collecting issues #1-3! London, 1914: The leaders of the radical women's rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defense is the secret society of "Amazons": women trained in the martial art of bartitsu and sworn to defend their leaders from arrest and assault.

After a series of daring escapes and battles with the police, the stakes rise dramatically when the Amazons are forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse against an aristocratic, utopian cult . . .


• Persephone Wright, a "fallen woman" who will protect those she loves at all costs
• "Flossie" Le Mar, a rough-diamond adventuress from New Zealand
• Katie "Sandwina" Brumbach, a fiercely loyal Austrian wrestler and strongwoman
• Toupie Lowther, a cunning, cross-dressing woman of means
• Judith Lee, a proud Anglo-Chinese socialite and amateur detective
• Kitty Marshall, a quick-witted teenager who keeps her radicalism secret from her wealthy family
• Miss Sanderson, an enigmatic "governess" with an appetite for violence

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 95849 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Jet City (28 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S5J5D50
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5.0 out of 5 stars I fell further in love. Not only does it have some BA women ... 23 November 2016
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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. Now, I will take this time to remind potential readers that this is an alternate history and events did not go down like this. However, this graphic novel is less about the suffragette movement than it is about the actions of these specific suffragists. It's the kind of graphic novel that you have to know a little about the subject matter to really enjoy but the little that is required is totally covered by the Suffragette movie that came out last year, which can be streamed on Amazon Video here. I might be a fan of this movie. It just does a great job of not romanticizing one side or the other. It shows the hardships the women went through without over glorifying it and lets the viewer make their own decisions about their actions. There are also plenty of books that cover this part of history.
Getting back to Suffrajitsu, I enjoyed it, particularly after realizing what it was. This is not a graphic novel overview of the historical events. It's just a set of comics that use some of these women as characters. It's a fun read but not the kind that a reader should take their history from. Definitely fiction. Definitely interesting. Definitely fun. I loved the main characters. I've known quite a few women like this. They could be sitting in a bar talking about anything and I would love to read about it.
5.0 out of 5 stars In 1914 the Foreworld takes a step into the future 29 January 2015
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Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was a pioneer of the organized women's rights movement in Edwardian England. Along with her daughter Sylvia, she traveled throughout Great Britain, much to the establishment's chagrin, to spread the word and ignite grassroots participation in the movement, which the authorities were under much political pressure to subjugate. Subjecting such activists to the ignominy of public arrest was the only recourse they had to the free speech that threatened their status quo. By treating these peaceful but outspoken women like common criminals, they thought they could stamp out the movement by discrediting it. This, however, only led to an eventual radicalization of the movement, and the Pankhursts found themselves in need of bodyguards as the police, in their frustration, began to pour more and more manpower into their efforts at suppression. The Amazons were independent, free-thinking women just like their employers, and just as passionate about women's rights, but with the fortuitous addition of formal training in the martial arts, particularly a mixed form called Bartitsu. Beyond their adeptness at hand-to-hand techniques and the use of "Indian clubs", the Amazons added everyday objects to their arsenal of weapons - umbrellas and canes that looked innocent enough in any crowd, but in the right hands served to repel the bobbies who sought to challenge their bodyguard roles, and to help keep their employers safe, the Amazons taking all the physical risks in order to keep the Pankhursts from yet another arrest that might silence them longer than the movement's momentum could afford.

In this, the first of three serial issues of Suffrajitsu, Tony Wolf and illustrator João Vieira introduce the Pankhursts and their Amazons just as things are really heating up, with Parliamentary debates attempting to further discredit the movement and prevent even the consideration, let alone the passage, of the rights bills that inevitably found their way into their chambers. And while the Amazons were a sort of secret society themselves, the police who opposed them were just as secretly told to harrass them, resulting in a sort of secret war that must have terribly bewildered any curious innocents interested in what the Pankhursts had to say, wherever they witnessed the public clashes between the two factions. In that sense, the increasing radicalization of the movement did in fact cause supporters to question it and withdraw their support. Despite taking the utmost care not to do any innocent citizens any harm, the Amazons had become de facto terrorists, and the authorities just as de facto fascists. All of this is presented in the first volume of Suffrajitsu in all it's factual glory, including a cast of characters taken straight from the history books, with a smattering of fictional characters, including the Amazons' field leader, 27-year-old Persephone Wright, presented as a niece of real-life champion of the Pankhursts and of women's rights, Edward Barton-Wright, proprietor of the Bartitsu Club, where women could practice the art of self defense as often and as freely as they liked.

All of this takes place, with the exception of the few fictitious character's roles, in real-life Edwardian Britain, including a penultimate depiction of the "Battle of Glasgow" that pits 50 Scottish policemen against just half their opposite number before Mrs Pankhurst can get past the first four sentences of her speech. It also takes place, however, in a "secret history" that stretches back to ancient times, dubbed "The Foreworld" by its creators Neal Stephenson and Mark Teppo, who along with several other talented authors introduced it in the five novels known as the "Mongoliad Cycle", which in turn had sprung from an experiment in online subscriptions to a serial presentation of their work in progress. The Foreworld is pretty much the same one we all know and have been living in, just "slightly different." The slight differences generally reference secret histories that have continued through the ages, the sort of behind the scenes assertion that says while A & B happened, time has obscured the truth of those events in service of factions that still hadn't seen the light of day by the Pankhurst's time. The first issue of Suffrajitsu illustrates such a view of history by bringing the largely hidden Amazons to the forefront, but by its close makes the first radical departure from the Foreworld's depiction of reality, after over two dozen books and stories that dwell in the shadows behind events (such as a band of 13th century knights traveling across the length of Europe and into Mongolia to rid the world of Genghis Khan's son and successor, a plausible enough explanation of his demise because in the deepness of centuries-old history, who can say it didn't happen?) Tony Wolf, however, has made quite a sensational departure from reality at the end of this story, and no talk about secret histories can hide it. Which breathes terribly fresh life into the Foreworld franchise, setting it up for all sorts of new kinds of story-telling in an already rich fictional universe, as well as promising to finally bring to light some of the secrets and conspiracies that drive the Foreworld through the centuries. Whether you are a Foreworld fan already, or new to the franchise, that means promising times ahead, as the Saga threatens to become just about as inventively complicated as the Marvel universe.
4.0 out of 5 stars visually striking, intriguing narrative arch, flat plot in first issue. 27 June 2016
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Visually, the story deftly conveys the era of its setting. Vividly colored panels showing fist-flying Victorians nicely mimic the eerie ability of Tiffany glass to show action as if frozen. The overall narrative is fascinating and based on a true movement of women's self-defense in a more vicious, patriarchal era. This first issue is good at portraying that environment to a modern audience accustomed to enshrined legal, gender equality and female public figures. However, it never sheds this pedantic feel in this first issue. Villains seem very flat, and some damsels still need rescued in a well-worn plot. Still, I am hooked enough to keep reading. Perhaps later issues introduce more fresh situations or leaves readers with less of a feeling that they are merely stuck in the past rather than engaging & understanding it more deeply.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Historical Action Series 27 March 2015
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Tony Wolf and Joao Vieira have produced a wonderful graphic novel in Suffrajitsu. It is a magnificent secret-history, all based on very real people and situations, and an accessible feminist action story.

The first issue expertly lays out the history of the Suffragette cause, Emmeline Pankhurst's Women's Social & Political Union, and the Bartitsu-trained Amazon bodyguard unit. There is a lot of information packed into these 24 pages, but it never feels like plot exposition. Wolf does a superb job here of introducing the main characters and showing us their ingenuity and gumption. His mastery of this material has allowed him to cut right to the heart of it. Although the dialogue is spot-on and clever, Wolf has obviously taken the rallying cry of "Deeds not Words" to heart. Action drives everything.

The second and third issues blast us into an alternate history; a fascinating action adventure story reminiscent of Where Eagles Dare and The Dirty Dozen (only with more women and hallucinogenic drugs.) The stakes are very high and the villains are compelling and indescribably creepy.

I cannot recommend this comic trilogy highly enough. The plotting is fantastic and the characters are sharply drawn. The artwork is charming and energetic.

Let's hope that we will see more of Persi and the Amazons in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons don't disappoint! 10 February 2015
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When I first head about this series, I was very excited that it dealt with one of the most under-represented movements of the 20th (and let's be honest, the 19 and more that came before it) century. But this is a case where the truth far outstrips any fiction, as the bartitsu movement was very real, and it's not at all unbelievable that these women would have taken it up.

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.