Paula Richey, the illustrator who drew and designed the cover for Appalling Stories 2: More Appalling Tales of Social Injustice, has begun a new comic book venture: the SoulBound series. The first issue, SoulBound: Adrift, has been crowdfunded through Kickstarter, and I was fortunate enough to get an advance reader copy. This is how Paula describes the series:
SoulBound will be a 10 issue miniseries of portal fantasy adventure comics about Becca, a pragmatic med student suddenly thrown into a world of magic, myth, and monsters. Together with the scarred young warrior Torrin, she must avert a world-ending curse and bring healing to warring nations – before her own time runs out.
One of SoulBound’s strengths is the art. The scene at the funeral, Becca going to her old house: the art rather than the dialogue carry the story, which works very well. It’s a comic book’s version of showing rather than telling. From there the story progresses in its brief way briskly enough, though we don’t get much in the way of fantasy until the very end, which leaves the reader wanting more. Which isn’t such a bad thing.
While the Kickstarter is fully funded, Paula is developing stretch goals to include lots of great content, so I encourage you to invest today!