BY SEAN CLARK
Author: Vera Greentea (Artists: Joseph LaCroix, Ben Jelter, & Lizzy John)
2013, Greentea Publishing
Filed Under: Graphic Novels, Short Stories, Sci-Fi, Short-Run
Here’s another of the Kickstarter graphic novels that I backed last spring. Similar to The Book of Da, Papa is an indie sci-fi comic book in short story form. But instead of just one story, like with Da, there are three here, each featuring some sort of paternal relationship (hence the title).
Greentea wrote each of the three stories in this collection, though each is drawn by a different artist. The styles vary by quite a bit. I found the LaCroix entry to be the most appealing, but all three stories look pretty good.
The written stories are compelling, too, particularly the first and third. The title story, which opens the book, begins with a young boy finding a dead superhero washed up on a beach. It just so happens that the boy’s father is writing said hero’s biography. When the hero’s disembodied soul possesses the young boy (whether this actually happens or whether the child is vying for his father’s attention isn’t 100% clear), the father’s reaction is not what you would expect–and LaCroix’s drawing really nails the facial expressions in the closing panels.
The second story, “The Princess and the Robot,” is probably the weirdest of the bunch. Some of the art (Jelter’s) is really cool, with the shapes and coloring reminding me of some of my favorite Klimt paintings, though some of character work is a little too doodly for my taste. It is, however, befitting of the grotesque story of a princess who is surgically transformed into a monster in order to fight an evil robot.
Finally, “Nightbirds” also flirts with the grotesque, telling a dark post-apocalyptic story where the night skies are hunted by some freaky angel-cum-harpy beasts.
All in all this set is a nice little diversion, and worth reading if you can get your hands on it. Feeling pretty good about my Kickstarter books, 2 for 2 so far.
Similar Reads: The Book of Da (Bryan)