Wow, if you like visual storybooks from the late 1800s, you’ll love the new story of Cursed Pirate Girl, from BOOM!’s Archaia imprint.

This is a glorious hand-drawn black and white fantasy comic, involving a young girl who is searching for her missing father. Okay, she needs to basically visit Hell in order to try to find him, but what’s a pirate girl to do? Who else is gonna tell her some Dad jokes?

Ho ho ho, then, it’s off to Hell we go, or rather the Devil’s Cave.

Jeremy A. Bastien has produced an incredibly dense, convoluted fantastical journey for our Pirate Girl. We might curse at the meandering nature of the plot, the many many many sidebars, and diversions. We might swear and spit at the unbelievably twisted and hand-lettered word balloons, with enormously detailed black line drawings rubbing up against them. We might boggle our own senses and become rickety and scurvy-filled at trying to follow the markings and monologues, as they bombard us from every angle, their ink-heavy cannons blowing holes in our breeches. But we turn the pages bravely.

It’s wonderful, it’s an Alice-In-Wonderland for 2022 with its many many fine feathered creatures. It’s a ton of fun if you want to sit on the poop-deck and try to Sudoku your way along with the Cursed Pirate Girl. The map is full of monsters and new treasures.

BOOM Comics, Archaia imprint, Cursed Pirate Girl: The Devil’s Cave, $9.99 for 51 pages of jam-packed content.

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!!