Mark Mitsukai stepped off his bike, his boots stirring the dust around him as the engine of the powerful machine at his side purred gently.

A frown formed upon his face, confusion wrote large upon his features.

With slow, precise movements, he pulled the zip of his leather jacket down, sliding a gloved hand inside and drawing out his old Rider PDA. Lovingly, he unclipped the stylus and prodded the machine into life, studying the coordinates and maps he had downloaded prior to his departure from Demiville Town.

Whilst many others had abandoned their Rider PDAs, preferring to use the specially emulated app for pad or tab, Mitsukai had remained with his old device.

There was a history between him and the PDA and for all its limitations, he valued that history.

Still frowning, he lifted his head and looked out at the desert before him.

This was the right place, he was sure of it—and yet Taryse and Amelia seemed strangely absent.

“Come on, Taryse,” he whispered to the wind, “it’s me, Mark. Where the hell are you?”

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BIO: Upon scorched soil, a life-pod from an alternate universe is uncovered by Politruk Blinov. Inside, there is a man—a captain of sorts—bringing with him an ominous message that could sway the very future of the All-Union.

Meanwhile, another dimension away, Ayesha Swanson, freelance magician for the United Kingdom Xenobiology Division, finds herself embroiled in a plot to rob her of her magic—a plot that may lead her to ultimately discovering her true heritage!

Set within the Love Amongst Strangers universe, the new volume of our anthology series, Blackfriars Bestiary weighs in with nine unique stories, each detailing a unique corner of the vast series universe and featuring a diverse array of characters. Featuring authors such as Jack Buxton (Love Amongst Strangers: The Other Side), Bryn Fortey (Merry-Go-Round and Other Words), Joseph W. Patterson (Psychopomp), Jason S. Kenney (Love Amongst Strangers: Twisted) and Artifice Comics legends, Ed Ainsworth and Matthew James Pierce, Blackfriars Bestiary 2.1 serves as your jumping on point for the adventures of Ayesha Swanson and Mister Mo and the world in which they live.

Recommended for fans of Doctor Who, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and John Constantine, Hellblazer, Blackfriars Bestiary is your first port of call for all things action and supernatural!


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