The Jews have returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity, but now a new threat looms on the horizon. Holofernes, the wicked and conniving general of the Assyrian army, is sent to conquer all the world’s temples, and now heads toward the Promised Land. But in Bethulia, the one city that stands between the Assyrians and Jerusalem, is Judith, the only woman with enough faith and courage to defend the Temple with her life. Judith leaves the safety of the city and infiltrates the enemy camp to find and kill the sinister Holofernes. But the scheming lieutenant has his own plans for dealing with her and the Israelites – even if it means disobeying the Assyrian king. Only five days remain before Bethulia surrenders and Israel falls – within that time Judith must find the strength to overcome her past if she is to ever outwit Holofernes. A battle of wills is about to take place that will shape Israel’s future forever.
Story by: Gabrielle Gniewek
Art by: Sean Lam
Published by: Manga Hero, 2012
Our strong, smart, and resourceful heroine, who cares deeply for those around her, and seeks to protect the Temple from desecration at the hands of invading Assyrians. She has an intense, fierce beauty about her, to reflect her graceful mannerisms, but warrior spirit.
The easy-going leader of the Ammonites who only wishes to do right by people, but loses faith in the divine when his people are taken by the Assyrians.
High Priest of Jerusalem and leader of Israel, who orders the fortifications of all Israelite cities in opposition to Holofernes' ultimatum.
King of the Assyrians who orders a campaign to conquer all cities and raise temples to worship him as a god. He is prideful, so when he is insulted in any way, whether it be a nation refusing to ally with him, or interrupted at a war meeting, he seeks out the worst revenge.
The handsome, loving husband of our heroine, who worked in the field, and died from dehydration, leaving Judith with prophetic words of advice.
The faithful handmaiden with a heart of gold, that looks up to Judith and wishes to help her in every way possible. Zusa feels a love for and friendship with Judith that she feels no one else ever gave her, which is why she is so devoted to her master.
Assyrian general, second only to Nebuchadnezzar himself, who will do anything to attain more power. The longer he is on his campaign, slowly attaining more and more power, more of his true colors and true intentions are revealed.
The diligent and faithful eunuch of Holofernes who is hard-pressed to show any emotion on his stern face. He has been in Holofernes' service as long as he can remember, and serves him faithfully.
Originally from upstate New York, Gabrielle Gniewek first experienced the world of anime through Pokemon in 1999, and was soon hooked after watching Princess Mononoke. Ever since then, she has developed a love for drawing, reading manga, and watching anime that helped shape her into the avid enthusiast that she is today. In addition to her work on the JUDITH: Captive to Conqueror manga series for the publisher, Manga Hero, she is a student at John Paul the Great Catholic University majoring in entertainment media.
Sean Lam is a professional illustrator specializing in both American comic and Japanese anime / manga styles. In addition to illustrating the PAUL: Tarsus to Redemption and Judith: Captive to Conqueror manga series, Sean is currently illustrating other teen-oriented graphic novels for the publisher, Manga Hero. His past works include the 480-page single volume manga, It Takes A Wizard, published by Seven Seas Entertainment and several instructional art books, where he was lead artist. A graduate in graphic design from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Sean worked in advertising as a creative and art director before pursuing his passion for illustrating.