July 02, 2006

Mini-comic soars as graphic novel

Magic, Myth and Mystery in the Frozen Lands of the Raven's ChildrenThe story is really what has always set Raven's Children above the rest of the mini-comics pack. It's a sprawling, historical epic with occasional bits of fantasy and science fiction thrown in for good measure. Inspired by the Inuit Tribes of Alaska and Northern Canada, Layla has meticulously crafted a handful of dynamic societies and set them at odds with each other in an ongoing clash over territory and cultural differences.

Raven's Children is as grand and sweeping as Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels. Like much of McCaffrey's work, Layla uses science fiction and fantasy elements as backdrop, but the important elements of the story are the characters. She's figured out how to make fully realized people from different and sometimes diametrically opposed cultures come to life by merely setting pen to paper. She's packed the story so densely with real characters that you almost don't realize that the whole story takes place on another planet.

Comment:  I just heard about this comic-book saga, even though it's been around for several years. It sounds great.

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