Joshua Gamon’s six-issue comic series Evermore gets off to a great start in this first issue.
Set in post-war, plague-ridden London, Evermore tells the story of Doctor Fredrick Fellowes and his lonely daughter, who is locked away from the outside world for her own safety. When Doctor Fellowes visits a dying friend on Christmas Eve, his daughter is gifted with a strange tome – the titular book of Evermore – with strict instructions that only she may read its contents. Yet when she does, a fairy tale world and its inhabitants are unleashed into their home – and she disappears, with Fellowes heading into the book itself in an attempt to save his daughter.
This issue is full of brilliant details and some superb foreshadowing – the skeletons of fantastical creatures, for example – and the setting is incredibly intriguing and atmospheric. The writing is superb, never getting bogged down in exposition; Gamon allowing the reader to piece together the status quo of not just the city, but Fellowes and his daughter too, from incidental details and dialogue. The art – by Aleksandar Bozic Ske – brilliantly captures the grim reality of the world in stark, detailed black-and-white. Ske also handles the more magical elements of the story very well, making the two sides feel coherent, despite the risk that the fantasy may have felt at odds with the darkness of the urban setting that opens the issue. It helps, of course, that the fairy tale elements – at least the glimpses we get here – feel just as dangerous, if not more so, than plague-ridden London. The incredible cover by Flavio Giron is the icing on the cake, giving us a very tantalising look at the darkness within the book, beyond the boundaries of London in the real world.
Overall then, an impressive first issue and one that I can highly recommend checking out.
All currently available issues of Evermore can be purchased via Amazon or Comixology; you can view and buy them at this link.
Many thanks to Joshua Gamon for providing me with review copies of the first five issues of Evermore.
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