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Barda, the iconic New God warrior, has a secret . . . she's in love. Now she must use her strength to forge a path from soldier to hero.

Darkseid is . . . and life on Apokolips is tough—but then, it is hell after all. And no one knows this better than Barda, Granny Goodness’s right hand warrior.

But Barda has a secret . . . she is in love. Or she is drawn to the idea of it anyway, whether it be the beauty of a flower, her affection for her closest friend, Aurelie, or the mysterious and fierce enemy warrior, Orion, who is the only match for Barda’s strength.

But when Granny decides Barda is becoming too soft, she assigns Barda a task that might be more than she can handle—to break the seemingly unbreakable Scott Free. And as Barda questions why Scott has such hope and what he might have done to promote such hatred from Granny, she finds herself drawn to him in a way she never expected.

The only thing is, we do not speak of love on Apokolips. . . .

Join New York Times bestselling author-illustrator NGOZI UKAZU as she takes graphic novel readers on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, deep friendships, and first loves!

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The Author

Ngozi Ukazu

NGOZI UKAZU is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, and the creator of comics like Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. Her forthcoming graphic novels are Bunt!: Striking Out on Financial Aid (illustrated by Mad Rupert, coming from First Second in February 2024), Barda (coming from DC Comics in June 2024), and Flip (coming from First Second in 2025). She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since 2020, her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.

Visit ngoziu.com to find out more, follow Ngozi at @ngoziu and read Check, Please! here on Tumbler.

Ngozi is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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