Publisher: Madius Comics
Writer/Artist: Rosie Packwood
When Merrik flees a life of being experimented on by ruthless captors, with just a little assistance from Trixie, his AI companion, he thinks things are on the up, but ultimately ends up facing a whole new set of challenges. Hiding from Matriarch Colet is just the beginning. Finding a job that pays cash, no questions asked, would be handy if he doesn’t want to starve, and when he does find someone crazy enough to hire him, he really has to question whether their level of crazy is maybe a little too much, even for him.
Chapter three of this ongoing series confirms that Merrik is destined for a (possibly brief) life of terrifying adventure when a simple errand to pick up some replacement props turns into a battle for his life, and Matriarch Colet, having discovered his location, gleefully launches an assault on a UC protected planet.
It is no secret that I am a big of a fan of Rosie Packwood’s work, and of Madius Comics as a whole, so I’m grateful that I’ve finally managed to get a somewhat belated look at Rosie’s newest solo title BLINKER. A Sprawling all-ages, sci-fi fantasy, Blinker brings what I’ve come to think of as Rosie Packwood’s trademark charm and humour, with characters that have a real warmth and depth to them. You don’t have to work hard to get to know these characters, as they spring from the page fully formed and larger than life.
Packwood’s artwork continues to be fun and interesting, and the cartoony style really allows for some over the top expressions, bombastic action and glittering glitzy extravagance. I’ll admit, I’m not always the biggest fan of a cartoony approach, but I really don’t think that this series would work in any other style. It needs the flexibility to be over the top and outrageous and explosive without the confines of a rigid and more realistic format.
The litmus test for me with Rosie’s books is whether my kids enjoy them as much as I do. Both my boys are fans of Bun, and other Madius titles such as The Exchange, so I had to try Blinker out on them as well! An afternoon of sitting in my study later, and I can report that both my boys thoroughly enjoyed the series. My eldest, typically, being a fan of the chases and explosions and action, and my youngest getting more out of the humour and loving Rae’s Fairy Drag-Mother.
This is something I’m very grateful to Rosie Packwood and Madius for. It is very difficult to find comics that are interesting to both of my boys while still being age appropriate. You have no idea how many tantrums I’ve sat through because daddy won’t let the seven year old read Junji Ito, or because the four year old wants daddy to read Hellblazer with him (although I do take personal pride that he can correctly pronounce Constantine).
There are, thankfully, more all ages titles coming out of the “superhero” publishers that aren’t inane drivel, and have a plot and characters that are interesting (Teen Titans GO! being a particular offender in my opinion), so at least they have the opportunity to get their superhero fix. However, I desperately want them to understand that Comics do not begin and end with either superhero comics or DC and Marvel. So to that end, thank you Rosie and the rest of the gang at MADIUS (and for that matter, anyone else out there who is producing genuinely all ages titles that have some heart and soul to them.)
I have to be honest, I’m not 100% certain what Merrik’s super ability is, or who Matriarch Colet and her sisters(?) are, or even where this story is heading, but these first three chapters have been a lot of fun, and while chapter four may be some time off, I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next.
You can grab all three issues of Blinker for just a quid each (or less!) by CLICKING HERE, and you should also make sure to search for #blinkercomic or follow @pocketm0use on Twitter or Instagram for details of new chapters.
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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