Niñají is the story of a Zapotec princess who awakes from a 400-year slumber to the strange culture of modern Mexico. The fully realized universe of Niñají contains many charming, interesting characters. Though this opening issue is sunny, there is some ominous foreboding, as the Niñají character confronts a world that has turned violence into recreation, and the overall story has been inspired by the legend of an assassinated Oaxacan princess’ martyrdom. Artist Isis Rodriguez has long been a cartoonist working in the fine arts world, a member of the celebrated “Mission school.” A move to Mexico has inspired this new project. Her artwork is lively with expressive brushwork, visible pencil lines, and unconventional page bleeds. My only issue is with the harsh computer lettering- this particular book deserves hand-drawn text! Order it here.