Written by Jorge Corona
Art by Jorge Corona
Published by Archaia
Release Date: 01/07/2015
I’m always keen to support creator-owned books, so I jumped at the chance to review Jorge Corona’s Feathers six issue mini-series published by Boom / Archaia.
Feather is a Dicksensian-like story of a feathered boy name Poe who makes his first friend at age 11, having been hidden away by a man named Gabriel, who discovered him as a baby and adopted him. Since his father is very protective of him, Poe’s knowledge of the outside world comes from opportunities to sneak out at night and explore. But it’s a day outing where he meets Bianca, the daughter of wealthy parents who has been sheltered. By the end of the first issue, they have managed to separate themselves from their parents and are poised for a grand adventure.
Issue #1 of Feathers works well as an introduction to the characters of Poe and Bianca while establishing the world they live in. This is intended to be an all-ages title, and it’s reflected in the dialog and the tone of the overall book. It’s rather Harry Potteresque.
The art suits tone and audience of the book as well, with just enough cartoon elements to give it some child-like wonderment without making it look like a kids-only comic. And like Harry Potter, or even Dickens for that matter, there are some dark elements and hints of trouble to come, including a mysterious man interested in some strange feathers found in the street by some boys.
All in all, Feathers is an all-ages comic that hits the mark, and the first issue is a promising beginning for this six-part mini-series.
BOOM! Studios says…..
WHY WE LOVE IT: In the footsteps of Archaia titles Rust, Iron, Will o’ the Wisp, and The Reason for Dragons, debut writer-artist Jorge Corona brings a brand-new voice to the comics industry with Feathers. With our passion for working with fresh talent, we could not be happier to introduce his work to a wider audience.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: There’s never been a better time for fantastic, all-ages comics that embrace both the darkness and beauty in life. Fans of Avatar: Legend of Korra, Mike Mignola, and Amulet will fall in love with Poe, the boy covered in feathers.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street