(W & I) Anmari Sinkman
I like it when comics bring in metaphors as easter eggs throughout a story. Sometimes, it turns out that the entire story can be a metaphor. All it takes is for a person to step out and get a new perspective. Please note, the following story does focus on anti-LGBTQ+ themes. This is the only “trigger” warning I will provide before moving along.
Horns is a small tale about two people who love each other. They are humanoid creatures with horns that can get grow. However, these horns supposedly grow dangerously when two people, who aren’t meant to be together, fall in love. Although the couple tries to stay together, they end up facing obstacles from society.
The plot itself is well-defined and it’s a great start to what the creator could bring. I love how Sinkman tried to show a simple concept with their own twist. The metaphor around the horns is really beautiful as they represent the necessity for time and growth. While life can seem ugly on the outside, patience helps us to understand that certain things will come to full circle. I also love how society doesn’t fully understand what happens when the horns grow. It really represents how society isn’t able to comprehend the effects of LGBTQ+ people coming together to create something beautiful. With that in mind, I think the story could help people come around to the idea of the community itself. However, this comic will be very underwhelming to read. This is not a professional comic and I wouldn’t go as far to compare to other published comics. This is a comic that presents a unique idea and has the potential to grow if more time was spent on it.
The characters were alright. They did their job of portraying different values. The aesthetics were pleasing and I loved how one person tried to keep the love going while the other crumbled at society’s wishes. If you’re looking for depth within these characters, you will find that their personality is focused on the love they share with one another. You won’t see a full-scale evolution of the characters. However, you’ll see the evolution in their relationship with one another.
The creator’s paintings were nice. While gradient backgrounds work for some pieces, I don’t think it always works. I understand its use here as Sinkman wants to focus on the character’s expressions and facial details. I like the small details of the ears and noses on the characters. It makes them look very adorable!
Overall, the comic isn’t bad. It’s certainly not at the professional level, but the concept has a lot of potentials. The art style on the characters is very nice and I like the metaphors used in the story. However, the story focuses on the relationship a majority of the time and none on the characters’ changes. We only see the small pieces of their changes rather than the entire process. I also think the creator needs to provide more details for the background. Overall, this comic is for the person who wants to get inspiration from something with potential. For more information about this comic, please click here for further details.