Insane Comics 2017
Written by Jojo King
Illustrated by Chase Dunham
Logo by Ken Reynolds
Insane Comics is one of the best little companies in the industry. They give a shot for folks to have their books published by a company instead of trying to go it alone, they push these books and the creators so that we get a chance to see them. Also there are very few instances where the books haven’t been extremely enjoyable. This is another great one for me, yeah it’s got some problems to nitpick but overall from concept through execution this was a nice surprise and I’m glad that it was sent my way.
Cassandra is an orphan. No family and no friends. Nobody to care for her except for an old homeless man names Potnik. Unfortunately, Cassandra is also the villages designates Sin Eater. She is tasked with the burden of consuming the demons and evil inside every person crossing over to the next life. Cassandra is afraid. It is becoming increasingly difficult to bear one one of the heaviest burdens of all upon her shoulders: living with the sins of others.
The concept here is completely charming to me. The idea of a Sin Eater set in a world that’s not quite medieval but close enough and is run by the town's church or high priest or whatever the heck he’s supposed to be is perfectly done. The characterisation here is pretty good we get a nice look at Cassandra and Potnik, Nik, through the conversation they have with one another. I would’ve liked to have seen an outside view of her at some point but hey we get the idea that she’s a necessary evil that’s tolerated.
The interior artwork is cute. I wish it were a little more detailed and gave us that demon feeling but overall it’s a nice simple thing to look at. The use of page layouts through their angles and perspective are well done. I’m a huge fan and supporter of backgrounds and think they do wonders to really help flesh out the story more fully so I wish we’d seen more. There are some consistency issues, the best page I think is the page we meet Nik and I wish the entire issue had that level of attention given to it. That should come with time and experience though and I look forward to seeing him grow and mature as an artist.
That something happens with Cassandra that sets her on a path that will take her outside the city and into the great unexplored is kind of exciting. The events that we see leading up to that have that have a great vibe to them. I like the circumstances that lead us to see that her life is forever changed, I mean it’s going to take something extraordinary to cause this kind of upheaval right? So now we see what triggers that which is inside her and it’s pretty cool. It does make me think of “you won’t like me when i’m angry” even if it’s more don’t make me afraid, though the same principle applies.
There are three issues of this out right now so head over to the Insane Store and pick this one up and see for yourself why I’m a huge supporter of their work!