In my quest to find new comics to read each week, I go through a variety of different thought processes. Too much in my mind goes into picking what I read. I know, not the best way to look at things, but hey, it’s worked for me so far! My eyes will wander the “New This Week!” rows and dazzle in the delights of what this weeks illustrators have to present to their comic consuming public. I have to admit, on this one I am a bit behind, as I found Feathers #1 a month after it’s release…but hey, at least I found a copy. From what my research tells me, the first issue sold out! And would you look at that, Feathers #2 released on Wednesday. Hmm. The opportunity struck!
I’m going to be honest with you right off the bat- I had no idea what I was going to be reading when picking up Feathers.
Writer and illustrator Jorge Corona does the art for another book, Goners, which I added to my pull list after reading the first issue, but picking up this book did not seem like it was anything like the supernatural, horror-filled pages of the books I had been reading. My mind had nothing to compare it to, and I loved every second of turning the pages and relishing what came next.
Boom! Studios describes Feathers as
A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street gangs and child-snatchers along the way, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past.
Boy with feathers? Runaway girl seeking adventure? The Maze? This is one heck of a tale, and I’ve only read two issues.
The story kicks into high gear from the first page, with disembodied narrators filling readers in on the setting, the atmosphere of the world you are being transported into. The mention of the comic’s setting got my mind turning. My first thought when hearing of The Maze, the spiraling city outside of The White Walled City, and the White Walled City itself was something along the lines of Ba Sing Se from Avatar: The Last Airbender or the walled cities of Attack On Titan. Fantastic tales as of late seem to be set in locations such as these, and they tend to succeed in creating great story directly because of it.
Next comes the introduction of the small, feathered one. Much mystery surrounds Poe, and that of his Pop who found him alone on the Maze streets. I honestly cannot wait to see the dynamic between the two of these and to get some answers to just, well…everything. Yes, the character’s name is Poe, but I, like Bianca from the book, do find calling him “Feathers” a bit more fun (even though he insists in the book that he does not like being called that.)
Who is Bianca? Bianca is the young female protagonist, raised within the White City, on riches and security, and on the notion that you should not venture out into the Maze. Of course, like any child would want to do with the knowledge and warning to “never go somewhere,” Bianca finds and seizes her opportunity to do just that. With that, our two young characters meet as the story begins to unfold at their feet like the the bricked city streets.
Quickly, readers realize that there is something strange going on, with the strange music in the night, the screams of disappearances, and the rumors of the Ghost haunting the Maze. Yet that is only in the Maze as far as we know…
See, I told you. Don’t worry, I am not going to include any more panels of the comic. I want you to find out the pleasure of reading it yourself.
Corona does an amazing job at creating this new fairy tale world within limitless possibilities of what can happen from one turn of the page to the next. Throw in the vibrant coloring of Jen Hickman, and that fairy tale world pops off the page in ways that made my eyes go wide. Take the page I posted above, for example. The red sucks you in against greys, browns, and blues.
Has your appetite been whet enough?
In all, Feathers is reads like an animated film, with dramatic plot lines, intriguing characters, great dialogue, and the artwork is sublime. I highly recommend you pick up this comic next time you have to pick up your pull list. Or heck, just go and get it even if you don’t know what a pull list is! I give Feathers 4 out of 5 stars.
Feathers is available where all comics are sold. Check your local comic book store to see if they have the issues in stock. Support your local comic retailer!
All photos credit BOOM! Studios.