The Shadow Glass #1 : Review
Dark Horse has sent us an advance copy of The Shadow Glass #1 to review back in February, but we couldn’t publish a review until March 4th, but things got a little busy and time slipped away from us. The preview looked so nice, I had to read the book and give it a try. Does it warrant you doing the same?
Aly Fell (w/a/c)
On sale March 23, 2016
A young student of England’s greatest occultist learns her real father is in league with the devil. When Rose finds out that the man who raised her isn’t her father, she ignores his warnings about the terrible secrets of her own past and seeks answers from her childhood teacher Dr. John Dee, the queen’s occult adviser.
Aly Fell is crafting a very period piece which is refreshing in this time where science fiction and fantasy rule the independent comics market. The first few pages that were included in the preview give way to Rosalind, the daughter of Arabella, who was used by Thomas Hughes and Dr. John Dee to raise some arcane forces. Rosalind studies with Dr. John Dee, but when her father tells her the secret of her past, she goes to John Dee, and we get lost in the story that progresses.
Rosalind is an unconventional young woman for the time, wearing men’s clothing, and actively pursuing the answers that her father will not give. She does relent to convention when dealing with Dr. Dee, which tells something of her relationship with him. The cliffhanger is very snaring of my attention, so it should be a safe bet to say that I’ll read the second issue, if not the entire six-issue series.
Aly Fell’s artwork is very detailed and naturalistic, giving a romantic feel to sixteenth century Tudor London. The artwork is very bright and open, although given that London had a population of around 200,000 at this time, I would feel better if it were more crowded. She does give London some squalor and filth in the streets, which help achieve a feel to the world Rosalind walks in. The inking style gives the artwork a feel that helps control the feel of the book.
Should you give the book a try? Absolutely, try it out and see if its something that you want to read.