The Only Living Boy

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Rating: 4.5/5 – Fabulous Fantasy Fable For Free!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Premise
12-year-old runaway Erik is mysteriously transported to a fantastic world while sleeping in a park on a stormy night.  High-adventure ensues as he faces the perils of this strange world, making allies along the way.
http://the-only-living-boy.com/comic/issue-1-cover/

What’s Awesome About It?
This has apparently been around for a while and has existed as a Kickstarter and is also available for sale on Comixology.  I missed those offerings, but it’s now available for free as a webcomic with pages being posted on a regular basis (19 pages are up as of this writing).

David Gallaher has created a very cool world with stunning visuals by Steve Ellis.   The advantage of the web-site is there is an additional page with descriptions of the characters, including some we’ve not yet seen in the pages published so far.  Looking at the 5 main players I’m struck by the fact that while we’re seeing some common high fantasy archetypes here, they’re presented with a twist that seems fresh and the character designs by Ellis are extremely appealing to me.

My Thoughts
The setup we’ve seen in pages 1-19 tease some concepts that I’m very interested in seeing play out, particularly the image at the top of this review from pages 14-15 with “The Dreaded Lord Baalikar” perched atop what looks like a building from New York City.  This is definitely one of the top webcomics I’ve checked out in quite a while.  I’m glad I’ve finally discovered this story and plan to follow along with it as it unfolds in the webcomic.  For those that want instant gratification, you can buy the 1st 2 issues on Comixology right now.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
(bob@comicspectrum.com
)
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