Isola Volume 1
Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Artist: Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Image Comics
Review by Hafsa Alkhudair
Isola is a fantastic story showcasing its creators’ talents and abilities. First and foremost, it is an adventure story, filled with mystery. But all will be explained if you are patient. It’s an amazing first volume that seems to be building up to an epic series.
Isola’s narrative leans towards the mysterious and enigmatic. However, the story clears up mostly by the end. The cliffhanger also creates a sense of anticipation for the next volume. Besides those points, the creativity in blurring the lines of our universe’s socio-racial bounds shows how wonderful stories are without the white cis heteronormative male protagonist. Furthermore, the creativity extends past those borders and includes a twist to the knight in shining armor, chosen one, and love story cliches. The creators picked and chose some elements of each and placed it into a different setting, thus creating a whole new experience.
Adding to the narrative’s creativity, the art of Isola is ethereal and influenced by a touch of mysticism. Although my first assumption of anthropomorphism was not entirely accurate, the character designs, both human and otherwise, are very on point. Furthermore, race and class plays a part in the art and are clearly indicated. Spirituality is also well established in the art. All in all, the art is a great support to the narrative, feeding into the script’s needs and enhancing it.
Verdict: Buy it.
Isola is shrouded in mystery. I am predicting an epic. As this is the first volume, it does a great job in world building and preparing the readers for the rest of the narrative. The art and design of the settings and characters helps induce this air of mystery and reinforce its importance to the narrative. Although the story clears up by the end of the volume, it does build up for more excitement in the future. In general, volume 1 is a great introduction to the world of Isola. I highly recommend reading it!