Longtime comics writer Nick Almand passed away this fall following a battle with cancer, but his memory lives on with the release of his full-length graphic novel with artist Jake Myler. Coming this December from Oni Press is Orphan Blade, a tale of a young swordsman caught between powers beyond his understanding as he works to triumph over personal tragedy. To commemorate the announcement, Oni has provided CA with an exclusive first-look at a selection of pages from the upcoming OGN, which you can click through to check out in full.

From Oni's official solicitation info:

From the team of late, great writer Nick Almand and artist Jake Myler comes a manga-tinged graphic novel that tells the classic tale of a boy and his sword. Hadashi is a simple boy with simple dreams, but his life changes when a horrific accident maims his hand. Unable to hold a sword, he's kicked out of the dojo he once called home. But the Orphan Blade is no ordinary sword. When Hadashi finds it abandoned in a marsh, he finds that not only is he able to wield it -- the sword seems to be wielding him! Too bad Hadashi isn't the only one interested in the Orphan Blade, and his ownership draws the attention of the Five Fingers of Death -- a legendary and deadly group of mercenaries who have their own magical weapons.

You can check out seven unlettered pages of Myler's Orphan Blade art below.