Web comic – First few chapters are free, but subsequent chapters for sale.
The story starts as many others do; our protagonist is offered the job he’s been dying to snag on a remote island. Obviously he hasn’t seen Wicker Man otherwise he’d probably have realised that no city dweller ever does too well in this kind of setting, especially not when their most recent predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. The plot is quite slow burning, but it’s so laden with flash forwards and foreshadowing you’ll hardly notice. I don’t want to give too much a way, but there’s a little visual nod that H.P. Lovecraft fans will enjoy quite early on.
From the first panel I could tell that this was a labour of love. The author is also the artist which leads to a perfect synergy between every aspect of this web comic. Thoughtful use of fonts, dynamic panel shifts, and bold, beautiful, monochrome images reminiscent of lino prints make this a feast of the eyes. Excellent characterisation and visual passage of time helps the reader become immersed in the world almost instantly. It has a very filmic quality.
I’m finding it really hard to think of any criticism; my only beef is that there are a few entirely black transition panels and I sat there and waited for them to load, like a moron. If you like a bit of suspense and mystery the first few chapters of this eerie tale are free online.
Words: Lauren La Vida-Loca