There is plenty to like about NVRLND, an exciting new comic involving wild teens and magic, published by 451 MEDIA GROUP. I’ve always said that a comic with a sexy element to it does best if it does not leave its brains at the door. This is a whipsmart sexy comic plus a lot more. It’s easy enough for a new publisher to fall into churning out exploitation content. 451 takes a different approach. Here goes: NVRLND is the sort of comic that promises and delivers a wild and interesting ride. It has a priceless scenario to kick off with: Set amid the underground music scene, kids are dropping like flies when they get hooked on the new designer drug, Pixie Dust, which makes them think they can fly.
Even if you really believe you can fly, is that enough to save you from sure death when you jump off a building? No, most likely you are going to die. That is exactly what is happening to kids in present-day Hollywood. Alexis, the mayor’s daughter, jumped to her death high on Pixie Dust. And so our story begins. Alexis had hooked up with Peter, the handsome young owner to the nightclub, Neverland. Peter had just taken the stage to perform in his band, The Lost Boys, when Alexis jumped from high above. Pixie Dust. Peter knows it is Hook, this mysterious tattoo artist, who is behind the Pixie Dust epidemic. It’s only a matter of time before the two have it out.
Leila Leiz’s artwork is quite stunning, full of life. The script by Dylan Mulick and Stephanie Salyers is genuinely clever and authentic. The whole creative team paints you an intriguing picture of the dark side of Hollywood! Yes, if this sounds oddly familiar, this is a brash and original “retelling” of the Peter Pan tale. As this first issue demonstrates, Hollywood, the land where you never have to grow up, is the perfect setting for this engaging story. For those who enjoy a narrative that faithfully uses local flavor, readers will enjoy the strong Hollywood connection. Overall, a fun and smart ride. It will be fun to see how things develop in this four-issue series.
NVRLND is available as of August 10th and is published by 451 MEDIA GROUP.
8 responses to “Review: NVRLND #1 (of 4), published by 451 MEDIA GROUP”
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I like the idea of limited runs. They allow for a more completely resolved and well-crafted story arc. In my opinion, all of the best graphic novels are just that: novels, each with a beginning, middle, and end.
Yes, a limited run is a wonderful format for great storytelling!
Sound’s interesting. But still I wonder why poeple who can fly have to jump from a building and don’t start from the ground? For myself, I cannot fly, that’s why I have to use the subway. But I prefer to enter it pretty stoned. Because if I would be sober and recognize all the people staring like zombies, than surely I had to run out screaming in total panic, perhaps even try to fly away…
An absolutely valid point. Seems like too much judgement impairment overwhelms the user in this case.
This is a great idea! I may very well try and pick this up on my way home from work tonight.
The first issue comes out August 10th.