“Towerkind” is a mini comic series that combines both a gentle and bold vision that makes for some must-see comics. This is one really strange story with quite an assorted cast of characters. The supernatural elements bring to mind the work of M. Night Shyamalan. And the artwork is like from the ultimate Saturday morning cartoon, very jumpy at times and definitely worthy of your attention. St. James Town is a gritty neighborhood in Toronto, Canada. This is where Kat Verhoeven got her inspiration for her series. And it feels authentic in more ways than one.
Getting to know Verhoeven’s style from her illustrations and other work, I’m impressed with the distinctive look to this comic. There’s a driven quality, sometimes a rough and jagged line, that gives the story an added punch. It feels like the drawings are sometimes done quickly, especially at agitated moments, and then, at quieter moments, the expressive line slows down, smooths out, and picks up more detail. Given the constant shift in the plot, it makes sense. The characters are all children living in a densely packed multi-racial urban neighborhood. Tensions can flare up easily for no reason. As far as Ty is concerned, the self-proclaimed king of the hood, there’s always a reason why he is displeased and crazy angry. His face, angular and forceful, looks like it’s never known any rest.
But Ty isn’t the only kid who is perpetually upset. In fact, it looks like there’s plenty of reason to be concerned. It’s just a question as to what it is that everyone is afraid of. Ah, that is the question! This story slowly builds up to reveal a world in crisis. Something is revealing itself, for sure, through cracks and crevices, and through the children in the neighborhood. This is one true page-turner, a really big story coming to you from the pages of a trusty mini comic.
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