‘Mythica #1-4’ Comic Review
Enough to draw intrigue is the title on Mythica’s Kickstarter: ‘An Epic Tale of Demon Hunting During WWI.’
Mythica is crazy. It’s inventive, curious, and quite gruesome at times, but it’s definitely very crazy. It’s a strange story in which reality and dream world twist together and different realities collide to build on each other as they develop an intricate plot.
There’s a host of characters that need to be introduced and included when talking about Mythica, but the main characters are those on which the focus rests in the first few pages and issues. We’re quickly introduced to Kimberly Bradshaw and the man she’s to wed, Yosef. But Kimberly has been dreaming about a Scotsman in her sleep — a Scotsman by the name of Captain Magnus MacDraken. In her dreams, Captain MacDraken suddenly faces a very different kind of war when he and his men must contend with demonic creatures the likes of which they’ve never encountered before.
Normally this wouldn’t be strange, having dreams of such random things. What makes them strange is, the dreams continue each time she goes back to sleep. They’re continuous; they recur each night when she closes her eyes and get weirder when she’s actually mentioned in one of the dreams, hinting that she is an integral part of the Scotsman’s tale. But when she wakes up, she’s back in the real world, plagued by the memory of her dreams.
Things get really real when the content of her dreams seems to seep into her reality, threatening not only her life but also the lives her loved ones. Combined with the murders happening in her town, it’s clear something’s definitely very amiss. What happens next is disastrous, intense and intriguing — not only for Kimberly’s life, but also for the lives of Magnus and an MI6 agent named Riley Scott. We’re pulled into a world where the impossible comes to life, and the people are meant to deal with the very real consequences of these events. Together, Kimberly, Riley and Magnus must work together to defeat the evil all whilst living in an already war-torn world.
Mythica has a weird, good kind of twist to it. Playing with dreamspace in stories is always complicated and can quickly become confusing or ridiculous, but Mythica does a good job separating the two. It also does a really good job integrating supernatural elements into a story in which these wouldn’t seem to work very well. There are certainly points where things seem to pop right out of a paperback novel, but, overall, the two sides of the stories are each interesting in their own right. When information arises that combines the two into one solid, cohesive story, things slowly pull themselves together.
There’s plenty of high-octane action, an abundance of sword-and-gun-toting characters, tons of fierce battles and people doing superhuman feats. It’s kind of like a really crazy episode of Supernatural, both character-wise and story-wise, and I’m guessing it can only get crazier.