This is the latest issue of one of the most interesting small-press comics available right now. Tim Corrigan has been drawing and publishing his own comics for many years now and has successfully published 19 issues of his ‘zine on a monthly basis since it started. Most issues have presented adventures of his funny superhero character Mightyguy, but the last few issues have presented a much more ambitious comic: Tim’s epic tale of politics, space and high adventure, the Saga of Tyran.
It’s the mark of a good comic that when it shifts gears, you don’t miss what came before. I remember missing the adventures of Mightguy and his pals from just a few issues ago, but now it’s hard to remember that. I’ve gotten completely caught up in the current storyline.
The Saga of Tyran postulates a group of political exiles beamed to the moon for their various crimes against the government, whether real or perceived. On the moon they live a kind of savage existence, warring against other groups as well as simply trying to survive.
It’s striking how little Corrigan idealizes his characters or their situation, but how the characters transcend their situation though luck and caring. The opening sequence of this issue shows characters sacrificing their bodies and souls simply in order to help others, and he does a wonderful job of showing how that sacrifice creates deeper meaning for the people receiving the aid. Corrigan is celebrating and emphasizing the interrelationship between caring people, and how that relationship can help lead others to aspire to a better life for themselves.
By the last few pages, when we see the ramshackle greenhouse created by the settlers out of waste material on the moon, there’s a real sense of positive emotion and intelligence among the settlers. They’ve transcended the mere facts about them and become interesting people that a reader cares about.
Corrigan delivers all this in his own unique style. The art has a bit of a Kirby feel to it while also feeling like it’s Tim’s natural style. His depiction of background details is especially wonderful. Tim may never have found wide fame as an artist, but he definitively knows what he’s doing on the printed page.
It’s often hard to pick out the good mini-comics from the rotten ones. But Tim Corrigan is a brand name, a name you can trust to do interesting comics.