“Nine years ago, Victor eagerly joined the UK’s most esteemed superpower training centre. Now approaching his 18th birthday, he’s been kicked out and transferred to a facility for kids who can’t control their powers. Despite a rocky record, he is given one last chance to receive his licence and go home to a normal life. But when he most needs things to go smoothly for once, everything starts to go wrong, and he finds himself tangled in the plot of a mysterious arsonist…”
Such is Inhibit. Created, written, drawn, coloured and published by Eve Greenwood of Scotland. Inhibit started as a webcomic in December 2014. Eve (they) have collected the first five chapters of the Inhibit’s webcomic and released them as a 200+ page book. Besides relettering the strip and retouching the art for print, they have added a bonus comic and several pages of rough concept drawings, characters sketches, and more! Their 2020 Kickstarter was 200% funded, and Inhabit was shortlisted for the 2019 SICBA (Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance) Awards.
But really, it’s all about the story, isn’t it? Greenwood manages to pull us into Victor’s world from the first page. Young Victor is dropped off at the Urguhart Clinic by his mother, little realizing that he’ll be staying there. And staying there. And staying there. And the plot twists thickens, the road rises to meet us going the wrong way, and the bottom drops out.
It’s all about the characters too, isn’t it? The myriad loud, soft, cuddly, and super-power-hungry inhabitants of Inhibit. We get to know them and feel for them. And Victor seems to attract the wrong kind of attention, landing in detention, solitary, and seemingly unable to sort himself out. His special powers are not especially helpful, it seems.
I’m very very impressed with the first five chapters of Inhibit. This is a terrific read, totally engrossing at a high level. By now, I’ve gotten accustomed to the antics and drama, Greenwood’s wonderfully fluid drawings, and the ‘hang-on-to-your-seat-something-weird-is-happening-again’ feel of the plot. The gender-fluid movement of the cast, the fun with pronouns, the sly digs, and pokes, this one has it all.
Potential buyers (the printed book is available online directly from Greenwood) can choose to sample a few strips before buying by visiting Greenwood’s website. Chances are good that you, like me, will want to follow along to see where this book goes!
Inhibit Book One, $25.00 for 226 pages, available in print directly from the creator here:
If you would like to buy a PDF version of the book for approximately $12.50, you can here: Inhibit: Book One