Gogor #1: It's the little things
Gogor (by writer/artist Ken Garing of Planetoid fame) is the story of a young scholar drafted into a quest that forces him to flee from evil forces and gain new allies. By the first panel, it’s clear he’s on the run, in over his head, and he knows it. While the narrative isn’t entirely new or the characters particularly captivating, the narrative world and the art that brings it to life more than make up for it.
It’s the little things that make Gogor stand out: the way a cape, staff, leaf, or paw will spill over the panel; the use of irregular panel sizes and shapes to focus the action and subtly alter the perception of motion and time; the building of a world large enough for epic novels but with seemingly microscopic characters. Despite some narrative conceits (an eagerly helpful group of strangers aiding the main quest), and despite Gogor bearing more than a passing resemblance to another hulking character, this was a delightful start to a promising adventure.
Gogor #1 was released May 1st by Image Comics. Past press releases said the series was aimed at teens, but this reviewer thinks you’ll enjoy it no matter your age.