Time for another review!
This week is The Black Feather Falls: Book Two, which was completely done by Ellen Linder. There’s no editor listed on the book.
As always, we’re on the Prince song system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
Okay, so this is issue two of a murder mystery, set sometime during WWII. We have a female sleuth named Marlaine Swift, an American who’s moved to London. I guess she found someone who had been murdered, and black feathers are involved. I didn’t read issue one, just issue 2.
From a storytelling standpoint, it’s okay. It’s nothing really to write home about. We open up to a dream, and then we wake up to Swift traveling to Scotland to meet the brother of the murdered man and get part of the story from him, and then we go to London where we see Swift’s father. Nothing earth-shattering, but remember that I didn’t read the first issue.
The real star here is the art. Light and stylized, rather open, without being over-rendered, while also being expressive. It was the art that drew me to the story. It just draws you in, and makes you keep turning the page. There aren’t any complicated angles and no real action shots, but the art makes you want to continue to read.
It’s also well researched. This is a period piece, and the clothing matches. I liked it.
The coloring is also nice, except that the people were basically purple. That’s the only thing that threw me. Purple people. Other than that, I’m definitely a fan of the coloring.
What I’m not a fan of is the lettering. I don’t know if it’s hand-lettered, but it seems inconsistent with the “l” at certain times. Sometimes it looks like the pronoun I, and other times the “l”. The font is sometimes a challenge to read, and the font size is always too big. The letters aren’t always on a straight line, either, which is another thing that makes me think it’s hand-lettered. The balloon tails also need work.
In all, this isn’t a bad project, with art that draws you in. It takes more than that, though.
Final Verdict: Beautiful Strange