Review: Mishka and the Sea Devil
They say that one should not judge a book by its cover, but in some cases it actually works. Those that were to have a look at the cover of Mishka and The Sea Devil would not be too far off the mark in terms of what to expect. The story inside is one for all-ages and it tells the story of Mishka, a fisherman (fisherwoman) and later shipwreck survivor that is forced to deal with the strange denizens of an island inhabited by pirates. Along the way she makes some unconventional friends in her ordeal against the sea devil, the creature that caused so many of them to be stuck on the island, and eventually she leads them into a final confrontation.
What is possibly most interesting about this issue from a comic book standpoint is the presentation of the art. Some comic books will have a changing roster of artists throughout a single issue, and the specific artistic style of each is evident in the presentation of the story. The same holds true here, in that there are seven different artistic interpretations in this story, but what is most interesting is that they come from only one artist, who also doubles as the story’s writer. From a technical sense, this is therefore an impressive accomplishments, as not only the characters but the backgrounds change throughout, as the artistic styles do become distinctly different of each other.
Thematically, the story reminds me of what little I know of Adventure Time, it is more geared towards children, but with some darker themes for adults. As it stands, this is probably not the most engaging story for an adult, but would be enjoyed by a child of an appropriate age. Equally I would suggest that fans of the medium at least have a look at this one because of the achievement from an artistic standpoint.
Story and Art: Xenia Pamfil
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read
Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review