Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Story and Artwork: Maria Llovet
Release Date: 3rd February 2021
I love it when you feel a sense of reward from trying something new. That pay-off one feels, perhaps unexpectedly, from sticking with something. So yeah, I’ll admit that Luna, this new story from Maria Llovet, didn’t really push my buttons from the get-go. However, by the climax of this issue I was firmly bound up in the psychedelic spell woven throughout. Beware the soft sensual impressions, for danger lurks within.
Following a horrific car crash out in the desert, Lunita, or Luna, wakes up thanks to the efforts of a small commune, the family of the sun. A group of women apparently led by Lux, a tall blonde charming man I couldn’t help but instantly pigeon as a charlatan. Despite my inherent bias and dislike of Lux, he obviously holds considerable sway, and it’s not long before we see that there’s more to this group than a lack of inhibitions, psychotropics, and free love.
The styling and art choices in this debut issue put me in mind of those magical series of the ‘90s. There are plenty of trippy visuals and colours which manage to be bold but paradoxically muted. This dichotomy carries over into the precise imprecision of the lines. Scruffy hair, eyebrows, and loose clothing that build on the free and easy vibes. There’s nothing here that’s sloppy though, and it’s all wonderfully crafted to deliver a consistent package.
On top of this we have the magical (or should that be spiritual or mythical?) mind-bending panels as we explore deeper the reasons surrounding this little piece of Eden in the desert. What could have slipped into comical, stereotypical narcotic-induced visuals instead has us question the blurred lines of reality. What are these women’s stories? How did they all come to find each other and what’s the deal with the cave and the surrounding bounty?
I was upfront in saying that I didn’t instantly click with Luna, but I think part of that was not appreciating what I was in for. Bound up in this issue are engaging characters, even though they might not necessarily be likeable, and that early drip drip of mystery which is blown wide open by the last panel. For all the colour, this is a well-wrought dark adult fantasy which will gnaw and burrow its way into your imagination.
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The writer of this piece was: Adam Brown
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