Shadowline/Image Comics 2016
Created, Written & Illustrated by Colin Lorimer
Coloured by Joana LaFuente
Lettered by Jim Campbell
With a slew of murders, sightings of giant winged creatures, and a creeping madness taking over the populace of Ireland, a young girl's tales of soul-stealing monsters may have more relevance than anyone could have ever imagined.
This is such a hauntingly beautiful story. That Colin is able to write it, illustrated and bring it to life with this level of talent and skill is amazing to see. In three issues we’ve seen Orla go from this girl who thought she was going crazy to a confident young woman with a purpose and power behind her as she walks the world between the veils.
The visual side of this really captures the mind and imagination and that Colin is so accomplished as an artist just really helps to bring us into this world. I mean the darkness that Joana helps bring through the shading of such intricate and gorgeous linework is both mesmerising and extremely creepy. Right off the bat when Orla is emerging back into this world she’s encased in those shades of blue and green that you can’t look away from and set the hairs on your neck on end. The flow through the book with the use of page layouts, angles, perspective and backgrounds make this more like a cinematic event than a mere comic book.
The writing, characterisation and story progression are simply a joy to experience. For American audiences who get to experience the fables, myths and legends of a culture not our own is indeed fascinating and it’s great that with immigration we get similar legends here as well but it’s really the dialogue that makes you wish to visit this land. With the words that are both foreign and familiar you find a strange pull to visit the place where this occurs. Thanks to Colin I want to immerse myself in these lands and experience what Orla does knowing full well that I cannot as I don’t possess what she does.
While many projects will romanticise creatures such as these or make them more an action adventure story, see Grimm, this takes the horror of them and makes them a reality. Much like the original tales that were told in order to keep children from misbehaving these are the way they should be told with that strange allure and frightening deadliness.
As Orla continues to discover who she is and what her family history is about we’re along for the ride. Bringing in her friend, boyfriend, into the madness and the officers are taking a closer look at things, at least one will be receptive to seeing what the truth holds, things are getting much more intense. Just the idea behind this story, the illustrations and the way it’s all being executed there isn’t anything like this out there that draws you in and makes you feel this way. As horrifying as the reality is you still want to be a part of it and that’s an accomplishment in itself.