Page 45 Review by Stephen
"And Almendra feels an ill in the air."
From the creator of THE WRENCHIES, POP GUN WAR VOL 1, both extensively reviewed, plus POP GUN WAR VOL 2 and - just in - PROXIMA CENTAURI.
The publisher writes:
"A weird, sad, silly, sketchy, and dreamy watercolour fantasy-action quest in which Alemendra Clementine and her crew of anti-social adventurers all come together on a psych-apocalyptic world to take down an evil wizard.
"This Eisner Award-nominated webcomic began as a loose stream-of-consciousness exercise and exploration of the comicbook medium and takes place in the same world as Farel Dalrymple's THE WRENCHIES. Collects IT WILL ALL HURT #1-3, plus all six chapters of the webcomic."
That's a very fair assessment. There is indeed a loose, sketchbook-like quality to the narrative as likely to drift towards old stones standing round a raised burial mound, the site itself surrounded by the ruins of ancient battlements, as it is to encompass a spherical space capsule whose vulnerable glass viewing screen comes under attack from a long-taloned vampire in a top hat.
And yes, it is indeed the stuff of disorientating nightmares.
"I'm getting that weird feeling again.
"Like watching myself in a bad dream.
"The house is on fire and I am screaming at myself to get out before it's too late."
The crew of anti-social adventurers embark on the sort of fantastical quest you might imagine acting out as seven-year-olds, making it up as you go along. They're dressed both strange and mundane, brandishing weapons like flaming sticks and heavy iron axes while looking lanky, disconsolate, maybe stoned. Some seem younger and sullen, however belted, booted, suited and caped-up for action. Others practise falconry, magic or martial arts.
There's a talking cat (I've just doubled the sales), and a rat too.