Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Footprints - Review

Footprints - By Joey Esposito and Jonathan Moore - 4 issue mini-series from 215 Ink.

Set in a world where the creatures of myth and folklore have come out of the woods and into society, Footprints is an atmospheric murder mystery, in a classic Crime Noir style.

When Big Foot discovers the murdered body of his brother, Yeti, he calls the old team together - Jersey Devil, Nessie, Chupacabra and Megalodon - to help uncover the greater conspiracy behind the killing.

A fantastic hook which takes little time in getting the audience into the story, it is aided ably by a fine combination of great character writing and tonal artwork. 

Esposito writes a mean Noir, the book feels like it's awash with the rainy atmospherics of Chandler at his best, and Moore's art work raises to meet the writing. It somehow feels equally fantastical, slick and grimy all at once. Together they have created a wonderfully familiar world, dropping small images and motifs from a Fortean world, but keeping one invested in the characters throughout.

Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, and picked up by 215 Ink - a small press company who are really putting out some quality material right now - the book works incredibly well at keeping the story moving, the characters interesting and the world realistic, despite it's fantastical elements.

Issue one and two are available from the 215 Ink store.

Issue one is also available in digital form through graphicly.

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