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All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different webcomic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you webcomic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at Rich Barrett’s Nathan Sorry, a gripping tale about a man who finds his old life vanish into thin air. Now living under an assumed name in a small town, he bides his time mustering up the courage to embrace the new life that was given to him by circumstance and make his escape from the mundane – but can he keep himself from being caught up in the lives of the people around him long enough to make his escape? Does he even WANT to take the escape route? Will he even get the chance? Find out in this fascinating exploration of a man dealing with an extremely unique life situation (and the people around him)
I think the opening pages of Nathan Sorry can pretty much give you an idea if this is the kind of story that you’re into. Check them out…
Pretty bold stuff, no?
So that’s the scenario – Nathan is thought dead by everyone who knows him. Meanwhile, by accidentally taking his partner’s laptop, Nathan now has a fake identity, millions of dollars of stolen money and a ticket out of the country.
We pick up the story a few months later, when Nathan (now going under the fake name from the laptop) is mustering up the courage to actually take his dead friend’s getaway scheme.
Meanwhile, Nathan finds himself getting caught up in the lives of the people around him in the small town. Here’s a great example of that…
Barrett’s art is excellent, but it is driving me wild trying to figure out what artist he reminds me of the most. I am currently leaning toward the great Brian Hurtt, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Still, whoever he reminds me of, Barrett’s art is really good. He tells the story well and his expressive characters serve his tale well (especially since so much of the story is people reacting and interacting with each other).
The depth Barrett gets into the characters is quite impressive. He just finished a long flashback to when Nathan first got involved in Pryor’s scheme (cleverly set at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999). Barrett has a good sense of slowly giving you more and more information about all the characters.
The comic updates with a page a week. In a cool idea, Barrett even has a “the story so far” page here so that you can catch up quick (he’s only about 80 pages in, though, so best to just start from page one).
Click here to begin reading this great serialized graphic novel.
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