Boom! Studios 2017
Created & Written by Matt Kindt
Created & Illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Robert takes in the mysterious woman from the lake and opens up to her about his missing daughter...a daughter that would be about the same age as the woman in front of him.
This book is crazy. We open again with a look way into the past as what seems to be a type of Conquistador shoots an Indian up at the lake. I’m still waiting to see what role the actual lake plays in all this but there are random clues and moments that say it’s pretty important to the story. Because then we’re with Robert as he’s trying to escort this young woman he’s encountered to safety.
The way this story is being told is both fascinating, maddening and with this kind of structured chaos that doesn’t make sense but it’s easy to follow. There are few people anymore that we can say have this kind of mad genius talent when it comes to writing and yet if you look at not only the sheer volume of work but the diversity of it you’ll see just how it really does apply to Matt. The more it goes on the more involved it becomes and the more diverse it gets as well which is odd because suddenly there are parts that come out of left field and you go hunh.
This issue focuses on Robert and it’s nothing like last issue made him out to be. I have no idea what the Kingdom is all about or why or how it centers on Robert and his family but it does. So while the part about the Kingdom goes on so does this present where he’s helping that young woman and confessing about the daughter he lost. Well she’s not dead per se just lost literally as in one day she up and left or got taken don’t know. Either way all that we see kind of makes out to be this enigmatic figure and succeeds in making you want to know more, not to mention which is the version of him.
Tyler’s work on the interiors continues to impress. I love the feel the work brings to this story it’s like some nice ink work with this great watercolour that just has this effect on you. The use of page layouts through their angles, perspective and even the backgrounds really control the flow of the story so beautifully. That Tyler can infuse so much emotion into this is amazing to see and it’s incredibly lovely.
These two have gone and done created something and i’m not exactly sure what it is but I can’t get enough of it or turn away. It’s got my attention, curiosity and imagination working in overdrive to make sense of what i’m seeing here. If you have to wonder if a book is good or not well that’s means it incredible because it fascinates and annoys at the same moment in time. Not being able to not think of it after reading it yeah same difference it’s with you forever at that point and it’s easier to just give in and surf the wave.