- Posted by Johanna on September 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
- CREDITS: written by David A. Rodriguez; art by Sarah Ellerton
- PUBLISHER: Th3rd World Studios; $3.99 US
I’ve seen plenty of comics (and books) with the plot “kids find their way into a fantasy world”, so there’s nothing new about that, but I did enjoy some of the subtler character work in the first two issues of Finding Gossamyr.
Denny’s brilliant but troubled — he reads as functioning autistic, actually, with an insistence on routine and a lot of emotional problems if they get disrupted — and Jenna is his sister. She takes care of him, in spite of the many sacrifices it’s required from her to do so. There’s a mysterious organization promising to take care of him if he solves an equation that opens doors between universes (which reminded me of the group that made River Tam in Firefly). When the kids fall through (as you know they will), they meet a charming rogue with a very intelligent fuzzy horse-beast creature.
As I said, this is all very familiar, but I’m touched by how Jenna struggles to balance her own needs with her love for her brother. She clearly cares about him, but she’s also fed up at times with his lack of empathy and self-control.
The art is also lovely, with coloring providing verisimilitude, even in the alien forest (which looks like a typical medieval fantasy setting). The soft focus adds to the otherworldly feeling, while there’s a good sense of motion between panels.
Issue #1 ends, after establishing the siblings’ relationship, with the kids in the different world. Issue #2 introduces Eloric and his steed Barnabus. Jenna gets to show an unexpected talent (but one that makes perfect sense, given what we know of her so far), and the villain appears, adding a strong sense of danger. There’s magic and face-offs and more information on how the worlds are threatened. That’s my least favorite part, honestly. I appreciate much more human-scaled stories these days instead of another “we must save the world!” But I’d read another issue, just to see the friendship continue to develop between Eloric and Jenna.
Eloric is your typical charming rogue, which I always find entertaining if done well, with mysterious backstory sure to be revealed as the series continues. Issue #2 is due out September 26, with #3 due in late November. (The publisher provided digital review copies.)