All throughout May, I'll spotlight a different web comic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you web comic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at Ken Koral's Eventy-Seven, a bizarre tale of a young girl who is uprooted from her home In California to move to a strange house in the middle of nowhere on the East Coast. After she and her family move in, things get a whoooooooole lot stranger.
The first thing that strikes you about Eventy-Seven is the extremely well-developed opening to the tale. Check it out here...
What a way to open your comic! The control Koral has over the sequential delivery of that opening is just remarkable. I especially loved the way that the girl (whose name is Evie, by the way) can't help but imagine herself in the future as, well, herself. It is a nice little touch. In any event, Koral's timing in the opening is just impeccable.
Anyhow, once Evie and her family move into their new strange home, she meets a friend, who has a peculiar story to tell...
That basically sets up the hook for the rest of the series (so far, at least, Koral has finished the first three chapters of the book, which will ultimately be twelve chapters long - each chapter is roughly the size of a ful comic book, about twenty-five pages or so), although there is a lot more going on than just that.
You see, you have Evie's two brothers exploring the mysterious house that they've moved into (it has a safe that no one can open hidden in a closet), you have Evie's dad seemingly falling under the spell of what might be a cult and you have Evie's mom seemingly falling apart from the strain of moving across the country only to see her husband get caught up in what sure appears to be a cult. Adding to the mess is the fact that Evie begins to be visited by ghouls in her dreams - ghouls and, of course, the boy from the future. Evie does not believe that Ryan is actually from the future, but as the story goes on, the question also becomes - is Evie just IMAGINING Ryan?
Koral does a nice job balancing the lighter aspects of the comic (his artwork definitely works well for lighthearted humor) with the scariness of Evie's situation, as she's really not sure if she is, indeed, going nuts. Here's a particularly scary snippet...
That's some spooky stuff, right?
But while Evie deals with that (and that alone is practically mind-blowing), she also has to deal with the ever so slight possibility that maybe Ryan ISN'T full of crap. What if he's actually telling her the truth? Koral does a great job introducing a piece of evidence that seems to bolster Ryan's claim while also being quite possible that it is part of an elaborate lie.
All in all, this is a compelling story built around a very likable character in Evie. I look forward to Chapter Four (which is coming soon). Check out the first three chapters at the website for the series here!
Oh, in case you were curious, the house number is eventy-seven (as the "s" has fallen off of the sign).