Comic Review: Inkblot #1 (Image Comics)

Inkblot, new from Image, is created by Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd. This one has the ‘hand drawn-indie’ feel about it. It’s not glossy and filled with the fabled high […]

Inkblot, new from Image, is created by Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd. This one has the ‘hand drawn-indie’ feel about it.

It’s not glossy and filled with the fabled high detailed Photoshop skies and glossy skin tone shadows, this one is hand-hewn and heartfelt. The expressions are good, the action scenes are well mapped out.

Kubert’s story and pencils start Ink Blot with about 5 pages of backstory. The details of “how we got here” can perhaps feel necessary for a writer to share, but maybe we don’t need it all, especially when the back story doesn’t immediately feel relevant. Just throw us on the raft and take us for a mighty ride down the river. We’ll get to know the fellow paddlers as we survive the white water together!

Suffice it to say, there is an old castle, created by a king. And there are realms that the castle reaches that are like silos, that is, unconnected to each other. Into this mix falls our heroine, The Seeker, a young woman who is learning magic. And who now has a black cat for company, which leads to trouble. The Seeker and her cat spend a lot of time running, reacting, and in turmoil, as their world starts to collide with other worlds.

The drawings, as I mentioned, are heartfelt and genuine, and inked by Rusty Gladd, who also provides dialogue. Kubert then also colours, making this a true two-person team effort. With the first issue under their collective belts, it’s upward and onward, striving to propel this narrative forward and hoping we go for the next issue.

Image, Ink Blot #1, $3.99 for 22 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!