The Legend of the Endless Sky: Chapter 1 — Mark Thisse
In a futuristic world, people live mostly above the clouds and never go down to the ground. Or at least, that’s what I think. There’s a thief named Kenyan and a ship captain named Trent, who get mixed up with each other and the law. This story may be going somewhere, eventually, but the first chapter is a little confusing. I’m not really sure what the world is or who these characters are. Thisse’s art is open and likable, though. There is a joyfulness in his style that I like a lot and it kept me entertained even when I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I admire his ambition with this, but so far, The Legend of the Endless Sky doesn’t quite work.
We Are Friend — Rachel Maguire
Maguire tells a wordless tale of a traveler who faces all kinds of obstacles — darkness, wind, dust storms — before finding a kindly robot to travel with. While the story is short and fairly simple, Maguire’s art is lovely and animated, rendered in layers of black, gray and white. Each panel and each page is fun to pore over, from the little faces of beetle-like creatures to the dramatic angles of the house were our traveler finds the robot. From the basis of this one mini-comic, I know I will be keeping an eye out for more of Maguire’s work. We Are Friend is delightful fun.