Reviewed: Issues 1-2
Format: Anthology This new anthology, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Ríos, is a beautiful, unpolished gem with bold art and a heady mix of heartfelt, funny and sometimes jarring stories.
It’s a cross-platform collection, which adds to the DIY, fanzine feel and provides some truly breathtaking art. Will Kirby‘s detail-packed work provides the cover and first five pages for the second issue, and you could sit and reread those early frames over and over, noticing something different each time.
Emma Rios’ story is another standout, an engrossing tale that looks at gender identity and body dysmorphia in a very scientific way. Her artwork is beautifully expressive, and the muted colour palette means the focus is kept tightly on the three core characters and their individual journeys. Following the conclusion, there’s even an article on the theory of whether – and if so, how – brain transplants could ever be a reality.
That illustrates exactly what’s great about Island: there’s stuff here that’s informative, fun and really thought-provoking at the same time. No matter what your taste, there will be something here that you’ll enjoy. Because all the artists and writers have such markedly different styles, nothing ever feels samey or repetitive. An impressive debut.
Substantial stories, not just short serials.