Today we have a slightly different review article than the norm. We’re focusing in on an indie comic book with a cause. MYTH, from Alterna Comics, is a new fantasy-adventure comic that will go up on Comixology for free on March 13. After two weeks though, it will cost you a little something but all the money after that two week period will be donated to ChildHelp.org to help in their fight against child abuse and neglect. Now that you know the facts, let’s jump in to our review. Check out the solicit info and the book’s trailer at the bottom of the article, then meet me further down for my analysis.
After years of battling a wicked headmistress, young Sam has escaped his orphanage for a life far from adults. What he finds instead is a fallen kingdom of fantasy hidden in a nearby forest. Within the bizarre landscape Sam finds the perfect sidekick in a solitary giant. With his massive new friend at his side, Sam sets out to rescue his fellow orphans and bring justice to their cruel headmistress once and for all. But as his quest begins, something far more sinister awakens in the forest.
MYTH features a story by Mike Loniewski with art from Dan Lauer. E.T. Dollman rounds out the team with lettering. Our story takes place in Dogwood, New York in 1951. A young boy named Sam is returned to the Morrison Orphanage which he had just escaped. The old lady that runs the orphanage is a real witch of a character who punishes Sam by handcuffing him in the cellar. This is the final straw for Sam and he’s decide he is leaving for good.
Sam heads to the woods, even though grownups have always been telling kids ghost stories about the strange things that go on there. Sam is relaxing and enjoying his favorite comic about the greatest superhero ever- The Raven. A giant tree creature comes out of nowhere and tries to attack Sam, just like the grownups had warned. But then Sam runs into someone, a giant of a man who protects him. Sam and the giant make fast friends as the wide-eyed innocent Sam talks his way into being pals with the giant. Sam decides he’s going to use his new friend to help out the other orphans. With The Raven as his guide, Sam concocts a plan of attack. While this is going on, strange things are stirring in the woods as weird and magical forces are set in motion.
Loniewski crafts a brilliant and emotional story that tackles a lot of serious issues in a fantasy-adventure setting. Child abuse is not shied away from. We know Sam is in a bad place and we’re glad when he finds his way out and makes a new friend. The story is also a heartwarming friendship tale. There’s a lot set up with the first issue, and it will be interesting to see how the blend of several genres work as the story continues. Lauer does an apt job with art. It’s all black and white ink work. It’s a great cartoony style that fits with the story. There are a few instances of odd panel layouts, but everything comes together by the end.
Bottom Line: MYTH is a great introductory story that shows a lot of promise. I urge you to check it out when it hits Comixology, especially since it will go to a good cause two weeks after the release. Wait the two weeks or get it twice: the free copy and then giving a little for the donation copy. If you want to learn more, click the links here for ChildHelp.Org or here for MYTH’s Twitter page.