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All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.
We’re behind, so I’ll be doubling up for the rest of the month!
We continue with Witchling #1, written and drawn by Renee Nault…
The pages for Witchling are all drawn in watercolors by Nault and, well, holy crap are they magnificent. The entire book is absolutely breathtaking, but especially the opening sequence, which a dream sequence (or IS it?).
The dream ends with the following stunning double-page spread…
But really, you have to see the whole thing for that double page spread to really have the impact it deserves. And considering that just looking at it here is still pretty damned impressive, you can just imagine how strong it is when read with the pages leading up to it!
We meet our heroine, Jane, a young woman who can talk to cats and is dealing with the weirdness of her dreams…
Nault does a great job making Jane a likeable lead. The cats make excellent supporting cast members, as the back and forth between Jane and the cats get rid of a lot of exposition while still feeling natural. How good is that 18 hours of sleep line?
By the end of the first issue, it is clear that Jane’s dreams are not really dreams (well, they’re dreams, but you know what I mean – they’re not JUST dreams) and a darkness is coming that Jane is likely not prepared for.
Nault’s story is an interesting one, but let’s face it, with artwork like this, the story is almost inherently going to be of secondary importance when you have such beautiful, beautiful artwork. We’re quite lucky to have an illustrator of Nault’s talents doing comic book work.
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