After finally locating Emi Sato, Johnny Ban loses her just as quickly as he found her. Their too-brief reunion sends him careening after her once more—this time setting him up for a chain of surprises that will forever change how he sees himself and those he trusts most—as his doomed rescue mission spirals to its horrific conclusion.

Read the Editor's Take

Following his descent into L.A.’s Little Tokyo in The Big Drop: Homecoming, Johnny Ban has only one thing on his mind: to never let his long-lost love slip away again. But Emi Sato has different plans, and while Johnny uncovers more of the constantly evolving conspiracy in order to save her, he finds himself always a step behind. Right up to its climax, Impermanence tests every fiber of Johnny’s endurance before bringing him full-circle to face the inevitable. The Big Drop’s conclusion leaves no doubt about Gattis’s ability to weave a deeply human crime tale that throws everything at a down-and-almost-out character while pulling off the most remarkable feat of all: leaving him with both grace and a hard-won hope. Its power lingers long after the final page.

—Carmen Harbour, Editor

A Note About The Series

The Big Drop tracks Johnny Ban, ex-­military translator and barely-­was pro boxer, on a yakuza-­prompted mission to find the missing love of his life. This 2-­part noir serial begins with Homecoming and ends with Impermanence. It’s the simplest combination in boxing: the 1-­2. When the quick first punch lands, it obscures the opponent’s vision long enough for the power shot to find a home and do maximum damage—because the best punch is, and always will be, the one you never see coming.

—Publisher’s Note

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