Created by Geoffrey Thorne.
Usually I do reviews of single-issue comics that people can pick up either online or at a store. I do that with the purpose of having a specific beginning and end point to analyze during a review so as not to make this longer than anyone would want to read. However I recently took a look at Pilgrim, an interactive webcomic from the creative mind of Geoffrey Thorne. It was an interesting journey.
The story begins with our protagonist Jay, whose girlfriend Kai refuses to have sex with him until he shows her some undisclosed special ability that he possesses. After a brief argument, Jay acquiesces, because well…he wanted to get his. So Jay puts a ritual in place to protect Kai while summoning up a lesser fire spirit, creatures thought to be harmless and fairly docile. This particular fire spirit has it out for our boy Jay. After a large explosion, the fire spirit removes one of our characters from the board and the other is left to pick up the pieces. As it travels the city, the spirit seems to manifest as a woman named Maria who (for whatever reason) has old scores to settle with some very unsavory people.
I originally didn’t think I was going to enjoy this comic, because I don’t usually dig webcomics. But the combination of the storytelling and the interactive features made Pilgrim a very enjoyable experience. Things like moving panels and shifting pages allow for a more enjoyable experience. While I don’t think this is the future of comic books, it is an interesting concept that could benefit the webcomic community at large and help certain digital comics achieve more notoriety.
The art, while not great, works well with the story and the telling of the tale is compelling enough to my problems with the art a non-issue.
One thing I would like to see changed is the abrupt endings, which may be a point of fact for most webcomics in general. While Thorne tried to break the comic up into chapters of some kind, the very nature of the medium causes jarring breaks in the story leaving the reader unsatisfied.
Don’t get me at all wrong: I’m liking this piece so far. I just maybe too old-fashioned to wrap my head around the idea of comics in such a format; however, I will keep reading because the story is enthralling enough to make me forget that a chapter may at some point stop short.
You can check this series out at Winterman Project.com.