Story & Art by Jimmie Robinson
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 2/11/2015
I was interested in this title, besides it being an Image #1, because of the cover art. The silhouetted figures reminded me of Shadow of the Colossus for one reason or another and the blurb on the back cover seemed more post-apocalyptic than Dungeons & Dragons. I was surprised when I opened the book and found the artwork to be nothing like the cover; which is commonplace in the comic book industry, but rarely so when the same person illustrates both the cover and the interior. Not being familiar with Jimmie Robinson’s other works, and he’s been in comics for a long time, I’m going to assume this is just his aesthetic.
Tanoor, the protagonist, is a heavily scarred woman wearing tatters (think a female Victor Zsasz wearing a “sexy mummy” Halloween costume) with arms, which stretch well below her knees in most panels, sporting weaponry looked to be fashioned out of helicopter blades. She utilizes these to hunt meeglins (large porcupine creatures) for her village, Vaankam, alongside her companion foxalope (yep, a fox with antlers) Fenx. Tanoor’s world has been blighted by “The Leaking Roots,” poison infecting everything from the birds in the sky down to the soil that the village should be able to farm. While looking over her children’s gravesite she notices and rescues from the sea a stretched necked, large eyed, woman named Lila. Lila is a farmer and comes from a different world, a green world, but was exiled for reasons unknown to her. When challenged by the village elder, Tanoor stands up for Lila, “The White Devil” as she is deemed, and during a scuffle it is revealed that when Lila touches a dead tree it turns lush, green and fruit-bearing. Tanoor decides that the answer to Vaankam’s problems is to take Lila to The Roots and allow her to heal them, thus saving the land for her people to once again farm and hunt freely.
The art in this issue is a big hurdle for me, from the ill-proportioned characters, to the face acting from panel to panel. If there is a positive it’s the background work, Robinson really captures the post-apocalyptic setting and the passerby’s that are silhouetted is a tease of what I was hoping to see more of in this book’s pages. But hey, Parks and Recreation didn’t have a stellar first season, so if this is a story you enjoy and the stylized art is your thing, or you can look past it, stick with The Empty.