We don’t really do comic book reviews, as part and parcel of our usual mayhem, but more and more indy creators have been crossing our paths lately so we figured why the hell not? If you’re a comic creator looking for a review, feel free to email us. We make a simple deal with all authors. We will never post a bad review. If we don’t like it we’ll tell you, but that’s it. No one here at World News Center is into causing new artists harm or making them look foolish. Especially when those people tend to come back and become J.K. Rowling or someone like that.
Today we’re taking a look at the next in a series from Isle Squared Comics and Cruel Productions called Empress, which we first discovered on 3/21/2016. Short version for the ADHD impaired among you? It’s very good.
The Empress series continues with the same stunning artwork that populated issues #1 & #2. The present is a washed out miasma and the past is in sharp detail. The otherworldly perception of day to day reality fits well with the story. In the first two issues an actress named Zia, an early star of “talking pictures” goes missing. In issues 3 and 4 she confronts her demons and discovers she’s their ruler. Far from imaginary fiends which would require a lobotomy, a popular form of treatment back then, she finds herself on an island lording over their realm.
More importantly, after she’s found by the detective the studio hired to find her, she comes to realize the outside world, the one she finally escaped from, may need a revamping. Capable of traveling anywhere she wants via portals controlled by her demons, Zia begins to plan to take over the world.
As with the first two issues the writing is crisp, the story works well in the universe it creates, and you’ll find yourself wondering if sleep will ever visit you again. Given the dreams you’ll have, you may not wish for that to happen.
Issues 5 through 7 were just delivered so you’ll have to wait for me to read them before you can find out what happens next.
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Meet Brian Barr, owner of Cruel Productions.
Meet Chuck Amadori, owner of Island Squared.
Review by Bill McCormick.