Isola #1 from Image Delivers Beauty Perfectly

Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl / Artist: Karl Kerschl, Mssasyk / Image Comics

“Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.” -Lil Wayne

After working together on DC’s Gotham Academy, the 30-year long comics duo Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl team up for their first Image debut on Isola #1. And true to form, there’s a lot of mystery here — the type that Isola is not likely to reveal very soon. The series stars a woman named Rook, protecting and serving her queen who now lives in the form of a turquoise blue tiger. We don’t know how the queen came to be in that form, how long it has been, how far they are from a place named Isola, or whether Isola is even real, but we do know — and feel — Rook’s dedication to both the person traveling alongside her and the place they venture towards.

While we don’t know much more than that, Isola is the type of book where the scenery rivals the plot. The book captures your attention. You would hardly mind staring at the panels regardless of the story within them. Appropriately enough, the series feels aware of that strength and plays to it. The artwork does its job without added distraction from a page covered with word balloons. Overwriting this book would be a crime, so silence is the deftest tool used by an opening issue that needs to introduce a world with both beauty and secrecy.

Until Isola shares more with readers there’s little else we can share here, but consider us interested in a visually stunning and imaginative series that, if previous works are any indication, will have also be full of heart. Reading Isola? Stay tuned to our reviews of the series, and an interview with Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl coming soon.

9 out of 10

Reading Isola? Find BNP’s other reviews of the series here.

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  • Jordan Calhoun is a writer in New York City. His forthcoming debut book "Piccolo Is Black" is a celebration of the common adaptations we made while non-diverse pop culture helped us form identities. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @JordanMCalhoun

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