Monday, 25 May 2015

Jake Wyatt's gorgeous fantasy webcomic, 'Necropolis,' begins anew, with print editions to follow

Jake Wyatt's hugely attractive web-comic, Necropolis, is back, complete with a print publishing deal. If I remember correctly, Wyatt originally began posting pages of the fantasy comic on Tumblr last year (if not further back), where I caught bits of a young girl travelling with a horse through a a vast, abandoned city fighting off demons and creatures with her sword. The comic didn't get that far, story-wise and was sporadic in updating, and Wyatt got busy with other work- most notably, a delightful but short run on Ms Marvel, but he's now returned with further news. Not only has he been working on the comic and amassing a backlog of pages to post, it appears he's now acquired publication deals with Image and French publishers Casterman respectively, with physical copies going to print after the completion of each volume, although Wyatt warns that this may be a while -no doubt due to his workload. Prior to that Waytt will serialise Necropolis online as originally planned, from the very beginning, which makes it easy for everybody to pick up and follow. Again, I'm not sure if it's simply due to seeing it again after a while, but the pages look even better than before- cleaned up, with changes in the colouring, too, which looks brighter, deeper -and more intuitive. 

From its prologue, Necropolis is set up to be an epic, magical tale of fantasy, full of myth and lore.  A rich land brimming with wonders and curiosities -both dark and bright- ruled in peace by an emblematic and powerful King and Queen for many, many years. But that time seems to have long passed, and Necropolis is now a much different and less safer place. You can start reading the comic here- there's a full prologue and a few pages up already, which Wyatt adding new installments every Wednesday. I'm curious to see where the story leads, but most of all I really like Wyatt's beautiful, charming style. It feels redundant to say it's a blend of Japanese and French influences, because so much is incorporated within the umbrella of those labels, and influences are fluid and symbiotic. The intricacy and attention to costume and background design helps flesh out his world, and the fine, controlled line that uses gaps and a lot of flecked dashes for texture and dynamism is very appealing. Definitely one to follow on Tumblr, and I imagine the print editions when they roll around will be a handsome thing to behold.

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