Although comics stray from the classic forms of art and literature I feel that they definitely still deserve their time in the spotlight. I recently picked up the first two in The Empty series, by Jimmie Robinson, who created, wrote, illustrated, lettered and coloured his comics, a talented man to say the least. I’ve fallen in love with these comics, with a heart pounding narrative and bold, dramatic graphics, I really couldn’t ask for anything more.
The storyline surrounds two main characters called Tanoor and Lila. Lila is from a green and thriving part of the planet, whilst Tanoor’s world is apocalyptic and barren. Tanoor is a huntress, risking life and limb in order to bring untainted meat, with her pet wolpertinger (for lack of a better word), for her village which is fleeing from the land which has been poisoned by ‘The Roots’. These roots are destroying all life, they cannot be stopped and no one knows their origin. Just when all hope is lost Lila, washes ashore, a woman who can bring life from death. Lila’s world and Tanoor’s were completely unaware of each other’s existence up until now, which allows for all sorts of interesting, comedic and twisting subplots. Tanoor sees Lila as a saviour, and believes she can change the world, however Tanoor must protect her from the superstitious villagers and the monsters that lie within the deadly world of The Empty.
With these two worlds colliding it means that we get great variety in the art. From absolutely breathtaking greenery to the darker and more barren lands, these dramatic juxtapositions keep the comic visually interesting. Robinson has also played with the physical differences between the people from Lila’s world and those from Tanoor’s. Where Lila has a long swan-neck, enormous eyes and a pinched face, Tanoor has extremely long, oragotang arms and mostly normal features, making for funny quips to be integrated into the writing and a sense of a truly alien world…not to mention the reams of mutated dog-like creatures making this seem like a completely surreal planet.
I personally can’t wait for the next instalment, especially when Robinson left it on such a dramatic cliffhanger!
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