I just stumbled upon this graphic novel (called The Phoenix Requiem) by Sarah Ellerton, both the artist and writer (that in itself is a great accomplishment in my book.) I’ve only just made it one hundred pages in but the art is very well done, some very stunning images.
This is not her first graphic novel, there is another called Inverloch, which I’ve not yet read. You can check that out here. In fact, Ellerton has been nominated for and won several awards, such as the Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards (WCCA) for both Inverloch and The Phoenix Requiem.
As a writer and an avid reader, I found The Phoenix Requiem to have a slow start to the story. It takes a handful of pages before anything really happens to draw you into the world. However, the art captures you immediately. As I continued through the pages admiring the art, the story began to get a foothold on me. It becomes more intriguing and eventually takes over.
I’m not yet at a point where I can give a great summary of the type of story this is or the type of characters I’m dealing with…I’ve only just met them. I will say it seems to be an entertaining ride through a beautifully crafted world. If you’ve got a few minutes, you should pop on over and see what you think about this Victorian-Era Doctor-in-Training and the injured man found bleeding in the snow.
I’ll keep reading!