Hungarian ice cream truck driver, Iliya Zjarsky, goes hiking one day and discovers the animal spirit of the most powerful creature mankind has never known. Soon he unlocks the powers of the ‘Apama’ and hits the streets of Cleveland in an offbeat series unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Like nothing I’ve ever seen…and yet, somehow familiar. I have no idea why, but I kind of want to insert spooky type music here. However, since that would be more than a little silly, let’s jump into Apama!
You may recall that a bit ago I attended SPACE down in Columbus. While there, I met the writer of this tome and he was kind enough to send me back to the office with it in hand. Apama is the story of a down on his luck guy who manages to do some rather peculiar things after unlocking the “spirit” of a mystical creature that we never really do find out a whole lot about.
I found myself picking up this volume whenever I had a few spare minutes. The story kept my attention from page one to page 176. Yep, this Kickstarter funded beauty is 176 pages long and I’m glad that it is! Since it collects the first 5 issues, there’s no need to wait as you finish each one. I was especially appreciative of not only that but of how seamlessly the issues flowed into one another. On top of that, the writer himself has a fantastic sense of humor that you see popping out in the pages. As an editor/proofreader, I did see some problems in the very first issue, but nothing after that! This makes for a far happier reader, I assure you.
This brings me to the art and it’s the art that I found familiar. Why? It reminded me of the few comics that I had access to when I was a child. They belonged to my uncles and were most likely from the 50s and 60s. There was something truly nostalgic about Benito Gallego’s art combined with Ted Sikora’s coloring. Not only that, but the style really seemed to be made for this type of book. Quite often you run into art that just doesn’t quite fit and it was fantastic seeing something that, like baby bear’s porridge, was just right.
What else can be said about “Apama”? Just that if you want something original that still has that sweet taste of the familiar, you should check out this book and keep your eyes open for any announcements that may be coming about upcoming issues! I know that I’m going to be. I want to know what happens next, what happened before, and did this all happen for a reason! If you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, head on over to Apama – The Undiscovered Animal.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer and not a voodoo princess…we think…