Author: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Leila Del Duca
Publisher: Image Comics
Publishing Date: November 12, 2014
Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.
I picked up this comic on a whim. To be honest, the dark-skinned character on the cover really enticed me more than anything else. I can be a bit shallow because it’s harder to find darker skinned female leads in comics.
I cracked open to the first page and was immediately drawn in. Kate Kristopher is the reluctant hero of our story. She wants to live a normal, ordinary life, but her past and her family won’t let her. She’s cunning, suspicious, and full of depth. You soon find out that her story is not what it seems.
The setting really intrigued me. I love how this world is like ours, but not. People can travel to the moon and back. They can interact with gangs of lions in pinstriped suits and magical rodents that can seal people in crystal. It’s familiar, but also new.
Each of the secondary characters have their own interesting back story that is told in old photographs and flashbacks. Some of the scenes are brutal and unexpected. Del Duca does an amazing job with the art. She has the ability to evoke emotion just with images. I felt so sorry for the lion in one of the scenes. I couldn’t stop staring at how pitiful he looked.
I thought the pacing was fine. It alternated between Kate, other characters, and back stories. I didn’t mind it so much although some might. There’s so much to learn and they’re revealing it slowly. Volume one ended with a bit of a surprise ending.
Overall, great series if you like something different with a lot of back story. It has kept me curious personally.
Thanks for reading,