Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Distance Mover by Patrick Kyle

This came in the mail yesterday, and I couldn't be more thrilled!


That's Distance Mover number 7, by artist Patrick Kyle. It's really one of the greatest comics ever made, and may be the only print comic I care about at all right now. It's that incredible. Number 7 is the first issue in my 6 issue subscription.

There are so many things I love about Distance Mover, and this spread is a perfect example...


Go ahead, look closely at that bottom left corner...


See that? Mr. Earth, one of the main characters in Distance Mover is joined by Mr. Sky, Mr. Sea and Mr. Magma. Patrick is slowly building up this complex, layered, lavishly detailed cosmology bit by bit. Each issue brings new surprises and gradually ups the ante, but this one really shook things up. The entire universe of Distance Mover expanded dramatically for me, and that is something I really look for. It's like in that PlayStation game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night where you play through the whole castle and then, when you think you're at the end and you've finished it all, the sky opens up and this whole inverted castle, a mirror image of the world you've just fought your way through, appears above you and you realize you're only halfway done. That's what this issue was like. I can't wait to see what Patrick has in store.

You can read the first three, sadly out of print issues of Distance Mover online here. You can get issues 4 through 7 by following this link and, best of all, you can subscribe to issues 7 through 12 at this link here. Good good stuff.

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