Aftershock Comics 2016
Created & Written by Marguerite Bennett
Illustrated by Ariela Kristantina
Coloured by Jessica Kholinne
Letter by A Larger World
OH my goodness the world that Marguerite has created here in this Victorian England has been amazingly good. With what happened to Sylvia and then George the house of Bertram is in a right state. Yet with the Cynos around things are quickly moving towards the big confrontation with the Hag.
In taking matters into their own hands Lady Bertram and company move their plans ahead much too quickly for my tastes but then I guess when one is incensed one moves much more quickly and tries for the element of surprise. I’ve been enjoying how the Lady Bertram has been taking to her new life and her new gifts. Embracing them much like any new animal would and her lover who is much more refined and quiet about them seems to have taken second fiddle to her and gone from teacher to student.
I do like how things are kind of coming full circle what with Lady Bertram finding Hattie whom she had once rescued from a beastie and now talks to and tries to enlist in the aid of the women whom the Hag has cowed into service. There really is a great sense of horror about the tale Hattie tells as it’s like any kind of battered woman syndrome where they are kept in fear of recriminations to keep them in line and performing at their master's will.
As they all dance around feeling each other out it’s the Hag that finally makes the first move and she’s more formidable than any of them had thought. I love the characterization here as the battle commences. The play of words and the hidden meanings brought to life really do make this more like a ballet at first. Once however the time for dancing is over the time for the power play is at hand.
I love that Ariela has been been able to really unleash her creativity and imagination during this series. From the insect creature that is the Lady to the dog men that are the Cynos to this abomination that is the Hag showcase a range of talent. She can bring beauty and grace to these creatures that few others can do. Her way around the pages and panels through angles and perspective with such attention to detail have made this period piece so wondrous to behold.
It says next issue is the final act but if it truly is then i’ll be somewhat devastated. What these women have created and brought to us is beautiful, deadly and full of wonder and excitement that it hardly seem fair for it not to continue as they are forced to pick up the pieces and find others like them and either fight to survive or join with them. There’s so much to still explore that the thought of a final act makes me sad.
What this has been is an exceptionally well crafted and executed story that combines the mystique of a world past with the possibility of one filled with creatures that amaze and terrify. There hasn’t been one quite like it.