Sanity Circus, Issue #1: I'm glad I have a copy of this! Hell of a fun read.
Page one starts with a fantastic hook, a high-profile assassination that sets the tone for the story. In square one, we already know the stakes are high, and that something murderous is afoot.
The next page, we get into character- Attley! And also establishing the ground rules for this fantastic world.
I love how it just jumps in. There's not a five-page wall of text explaining all about how this is like our world only there's also magic and here's how it works and pay attention there will be a quiz later.
Not here- the action begins immediately. The magic, demons, and mysteries enchant- being introduced early, we accept the premise, and are left with curiosity regarding the details.
So by the time the explanations arrive in the story- we care about it, as do the characters involved.
And such characters!
I like Attley. Relatable, a little pugnacious, but still caring- that early scene with Victor was brilliant. But, what IS Attley? Why was she protected growing up?
The action moves forward naturally, and yet there's this latticework of organic questions left in it's wake. The pacing and narrative construction is sterling.
And ah yes, I was gushing about characters... Unapologetically imaginative. Fletch can shape-shift into a seagull, Posey is some wicked inhuman creature with a sense of humor and eyeball-morph ravens, there's a musical-instrument swordsman, egads.
And they're all drawn so beautifully. I love the cartoony style, the spare well-constructed features, the fantastic emotional range it conveys. Not to mention the excellent use of color.
Sanity Circus is something special. You can read it free online right here: http://www.ssp-comics.com/comics/sancirc/
And the author also has a twitter account: https://twitter.com/sancirc