New this month from Image, is Isola #1, from the creative team of Brendan Fletcher and Karl Kerschl! Let’s have a look, shall we?

Isola or “Island”, begins with a young girl and tiger hiking through the mountains, when they are suddenly trapped and ambushed. Is this for real, or just a bad dream? It all looks like it’s occurring in the far past!

The visions and strange dreamlike atmosphere don’t end here; as we accompany these two travelers, we (the readers) begin to understand: the tiger is royalty! She’s a queen! Who knew? And they are on a journey to safety, but there are dangers everywhere! Little by little, the writers reveal scraps and crumbs of the plot to us.

Visually compelling, the story is a good one so far. However, it’s not without its faults; I was frequently puzzled as to what was going on, and had to backtrack to better understand the situation. The artwork (Karl Kerschl with Msassyk “Michele Assarasakorn” on colors) is beautiful, and only becomes a “drawback” to the story when we need to decipher a panel to understand it. Is that her hand or a tree branch? What am I looking at in extreme closeup?

Sparse in dialogue, gorgeous to behold, and rich in potential! Check out Isola #1!

Image Comics Isola #1, $3.99 for 36 pages of content. Teen +

By Alan Spinney

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!!