The Cloven Book One stars James Tucker, the most successful genetically modified human organism ever created. Conceived in a privately financed, top-secret laboratory on Washington state's Vashon Island, Tucker is a cross between a human and a goat — a Cloven. Known to his friends as "Tuck," all he wants is to live a normal life as a university student; everything is going fine, until he shows a girl his hooves… Moody and mysterious and atmospheric as a fever dream, The Cloven Book One follows Tuck’s breakneck journey across the Pacific Northwest as he searches for a place to belong. Book One of a dynamic, atmospheric, and wryly funny graphic novel trilogy by two bestselling and critically acclaimed storytellers.
The Cloven Book One features a special full-color four page fold-out spread.
"This is a story about the manipulation of Truth that we live with constantly in our society, the fragmentation of reality. A world where facts are malleable; where genetic 'experiments' live in the margins while we look the other way; where billionaires and secret societies decide the fate of our world; where we believe the scripted television news over something we’ve actually seen; and yet where searching for one’s place in the world — searching for one’s home — is still the most powerful yearning of a person’s soul." — Garth Stein
"The Cloven is a daring graphic novel that casts light on a dark fictional world, full of stories yet to be told." — Foreword Reviews
"A tense and disorienting (by intent) page-turner of a story, one that expertly spans lanes between more literary comics and the action-heavy monthly fair." — Comics Bookcase
"An oddball mash-up of science fiction, horror, action, and coming-of-age story, this unusual collaboration stands out from the crowd of similar superpowered mutants bucking the system." — Publishers Weekly
"The evocative, unsettling world building is nicely matched by the shadowy artwork. The inky black silhouettes of the towering conifers and looming mountains of the Pacific Northwest, set against warm, saturated, watercolor-wash backgrounds of peachy sunsets, violet dusk, and bright-yellow artificial light are particularly striking." — Booklist
"Wildly, dizzyingly imaginative, and grimly allegorical. It fairly 'bleats' with wry humor, and the art is spectacular. I can't wait for the next installment!" – Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City
"Homeless people in Seattle's notorious urban Jungle, secret labs, a gentle scientist who believes lonely genetic mutations need love, gorgeous illustrations, and a new species of gifted goat people in our midst as mythic as the Sasquatch — The Cloven has it all." — Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage
"From the first stark, cut-you-to-the-bone scene, The Cloven is riveting — a delightful modern-day twist on the Frankenstein story. The writing is stylistically dark; the art is vivid and strikingly beautiful. Stein and Southworth have created a masterful and unique world." — Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Fortress and Faster
"The Cloven makes me believe in comics, in art on the page, in the beauty of an image, in the intimacy of a story that moves from the mind to the hand and then to the imagination of the reader. Mostly it makes me believe — truly believe — in a hero that comics champion better than any other medium: the underdog." — Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author and Eisner Award nominee