With the first and second issues of Ink currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, I thought it was a good time to check out the first issue of this new indie comic series.

Shane Murphy is a talented tattoo artist suffering with strangely vivid nightmares – who, during his waking hours, is suddenly marked with a tattoo and told that he has 72 hours to accept his destiny or die.

This is an intriguing set up for a series, with a somewhat unique premise.

It feels far too abrupt, however, ending just as it’s about to kick into gear. With this issue being little more than setup for the story to come, as readers we’re left with far more questions than answers – which are hopefully on the way in the second issue.

There’s some great touches with the art, but in a few instances it lacks clarity; the storytelling could be a little clearer in places.

I also found that several of the story’s panels felt somewhat homoerotic, seemingly unintentionally.

Though that’s not an issue in itself, it does add some potentially problematic subtext to the nightmare that the protagonist has.

Despite this, I did feel that – abruptness aside – with such an unusual premise, I’m intrigued enough to want to read further and see how the unique story develops.

As mentioned, writer Greg Moquin and artist Adam Fields do have the Kickstarter up and running for issue two (and the campaign also includes issue one, allowing you to catch up on the story’s beginning) – so it won’t be too long before we find out where Shane’s destiny leads him.

Many thanks to Greg Moquin for providing me with a review copy of Ink #1. You can check out and back issue 1 and 2 of Ink at Kickstarter, using this link.

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