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Review – Inkblot #1 (Image Comics)

Third-generation comic artist EMMA KUBERT partners with up-and-coming creator RUSTY GLADD to deliver a high-fantasy epic.

This new series follows a powerful sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake – the creation of a magical cat that can travel through time, space, and reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn’t care, and just won’t listen!

Well Image Comics, you had me at both “high fantasy” and “cat”.


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Publisher: Image Comics
Story: Emma Kubert & Rusty Gladd
Pencils: Emma Kubert
Inks: Rusty Gladd
Colours: Emma Kubert
Letters: Emma Kubert & Rusty Gladd
Release Date: 2nd September 2020


The first issue of Inkblot builds a brief history of the world’s timeline and the place of humans in it. We are introduced to all the characters in the opening, with Kubert and Gladd giving us just enough to build an image of who they each are, along with plenty of room to grow.

The Seeker, as we know her, is going to bind and guide us through the plot. She is the is the witness to her sibling’s history and tasked to record all knowledge. While she slaves in her library handwriting thousands of tomes, she finds herself becoming envious of her sibling’s deeds. However, with the addition of a magical cat, she begins an adventure which is perhaps even more perilous.

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Every page is a visual treat, packed with colour and depth. Each introduced character is uniquely designed, albeit with a distinctive family resemblance. Settings either have a broad horizon showing the true scale of the world or a long focus which brings us into the depth of the enclosed spaces (see the library picture above).

One of the designs that particularly impressed me was that of our new magical feline. Perhaps only fellow cat people will truly bond with my next statement, but I have to throw this out there. This is a cat. Like, truly a cat. If ever one series of drawings encompassed the awkward grace of a cat, it’s these ones. A small thing perhaps, but one which really kept me engaged as opposed to the rigid animals of other comics.

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The core of this book will centre around the Seeker and her new feline friend. We will join her as she hops between fantasy realms, facing new magical threats with each portal jump. She not only has the task of keeping this timebomb of a cat alive and well, but also to fight her urge to compete with  the brave deeds of her siblings.

You may end up buying this book for the amazing cover, the feline charms or the promise of fantasy. I can assure you though, I will be sticking with Inkblot for the huge narrative scope this adventure has the potential to cover. Adventures through worlds, deep dives into each realm’s history, cat hijinks and character building are all strong elements.  Well done Image, Emma and Rusty. You had my curiosity, now you have my money.


The writer of this piece was: Mike Chandler
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