The GeeksverseFinding Gossamyr: Chapter 1

Finding Gossamyr: Chapter 1
Published on Thursday, July 26, 2012 by

My wife picked this book up and decided it looked promising. My wife read comics once upon a job ago. At the moment she seems too busy to wade through our comic collection or commit to an on-going title. Because of that I was surprised when a comic caught her attention last week. She picked up Finding Gossamyr: Chapter 1 from Th3rd World Studios. I hadn’t heard of it, but we bought it to find out.

My wife thinks the story is promising and wants to read more. She liked the art well enough but wasn’t blown away by it.

Written by David A. Rodriguez
Illustrated by Sarah Ellerton
Design & Letters by Michael DeVito and John Conkling

I missed this at FCBD12, but apparently it was a hit. The FCBD sample was apparently brief and not full of characterization or plot detail. In this fuller first issue the characters are more rounded.

Synopsis: When a brilliant young boy named Denny solves the most perplexing puzzle in the history of mankind, he and his caretaker sister, Jenna, are transported to the fantastic land of Gossamyr , where math is magic and the boy’s unique condition gives him incredible power.

Normal but special young people transplanted into a magical world where being normal is what makes them truly special. The story has echoes of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth–coincidentally one of my wife’s favorite movies. This is more magical than Vertigo’s Joe the Barbarian.The far away land that takes our two young heroes away from normality is more complex than the play lands of Joe the Barbarian or Labryinth. It has the complexity of Dark Crystal, mixing witches, enslaved races, and a few alien ships. Secondary creation is important when launching a new title. The not here in this book is more complex than Oz.

The two main characters Denny and Jenna are likable. They find themselves in a bad situation.

My wife and I were both pleased with this comic and will be seeking out more in September. If you’ve missed this as I nearly did then check it out at your local comic shop.  To paraphrase Reading Rainbow, don’t take our word for it, check it out on these handy websites: Gossamyr

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