‘Mythica: Darkness Rising’ Comic Review
Written by William Tooker and Matt Campbell; created by Matt Campbell; lettering by McClain McGuire.
There’s a lot of ways to describe Mythica, so I’ll suffice by just saying this: it’s a thrill ride from cover to cover, and that you, the reader, should prepare to get locked in. It’s an alternate history comic that takes its source material and flips it on its head.
Mythica’s premise is, on the surface, pretty simple: it’s about fighting demons and vampires during WWI. But there’s obviously a lot more going on here than just that! Mythica takes its time building the world and immersing readers into the story. We first meet Kimberly Bradshaw, who sees really strange things in her dreams. It doesn’t take long before those things are starting to affect her and the people that she loves in the real world that she lives in. Soon, it impacts her relationships (as in: people die) and how she starts to perceive the world around her. Eventually, it becomes obvious that the events that occur in Kimberly’s dreams aren’t contained, and Kimberly’s life becomes all the more complicated. And by ‘complicated’, we mean ‘deadly’.
Right off the bat, Kimberly speaks about a Scotsman that fights demons and vampires in her dreams. She’s quick to dismiss it as just that — part of her dreams — but as the comic moves forward, she realizes the dreams feel a little too real. So is it really just a dreamscape that she’s seeing those things in? Where is this mysterious blond Scotsman, and why does she keep seeing him in her dreams, fighting demons and a whole host of horrifying creatures? Turns out that blond fighting Scotsman is Magnus MacDracken, and he’s got a bone to pick with some mythical creatures. Along with spy Riley Scott, they must work together to make sure that their world stays intact.
Combining elements of the supernatural with steampunk and set against the backdrop of World War I, Mythica: Darkness Rising is comprised of the first six issues of Mythica into one volume. It’s really easy to get lost in the pages of this compilation; Mythica‘s the kind of story where you never really know what’s going to happen next.
Which, honestly? That’s the best part.
Worth a Look
A sexy, violent thriller about demon hunting in the early 1900s.