Dark Agents, Book One
Violet and the Trial of Trauma
by Janina Scarlet
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Pub Date 30 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 18 Feb 2020
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
This spellbinding graphic novel follows the adventures of Violet-a young witch whose mother was murdered when she was a child. As she wages war against necromancers and demons, Violet learns to overcome her internal monsters as well.
In this groundbreaking comic book for teens and young adults, we meet Violet-a witch whose mother was burned alive for witchcraft when she was only six years old. Violet nearly suffers the same fate, but is rescued by her grandfather before she burns to death. Running from country to country, as well as from herself, Violet never gets a chance to fully process her traumatic experience.
When she turns 19, Violet begins training at the Underworld Intelligence Agency (UIA) in hopes of becoming a Dark Agent-someone tasked with keeping the balance between the world of the living and the world of the undead. During her training, Violet hopes to finally overcome her fear of death and take control of her emotions, but instead she finds that mindfulness, vulnerability, and acceptance are the skills most necessary to help her succeed.
Blended seamlessly throughout the story are elements of a powerful and evidence-based treatment called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Whether or not you've experienced a traumatic event like Violet, you'll find valuable skills you can apply to your own life to help you conquer your demons and hone your unique superpowers.
“Dark Agents is a classic tale with a contemporary edge. Through this work, Scarlet has given the world a gift by which to better identify, understand, and overcome our own monsters.”
—Christine Boylan, television writer and producer of The Punisher, Once Upon a Time, and Cloak & Dagger; and cofounder of Bespoke Plays
“In Dark Agents, through Janina Scarlet’s skills and expertise in helping her patients cope with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she has managed to craft a fun, adventurous, and compassionate story that is not only engaging, but quite educational, too.”
—Deric A. Hughes, writer and co-executive producer for Arrow, Scream: Resurrection, and The Flash
“Not since Yoda trained Luke has a story so accurately addressed the importance of a hero training not just their body, but their mind. Scarlet weaves real therapeutic practices seamlessly into her narrative so the reader can grow right alongside Violet and her friends.”
—Lora Innes, author and artist whose works include The Dreamer and Wynonna Earp
“Janina Scarlet entertains, educates, and enlightens with Dark Agents! Fun and fast-paced, this graphic novel will start a lot of important conversations! Brava!”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Black Panther: Doomwar and V-WARS
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