THE FLAMES by Akvile Miseviciute


The Flames is probably my second favorite mini-comic (after Killman) of this latest batch from Latvian publisher Kus! It moves from a very centered set of familial environmental concerns to, by the end, magic tigers s summoned at will. The layouts are imaginative and the muted color palette really works well to lend the happenings a slightly ethereal vibe to the real world concerns about man’s treatment of the planet and the entry level activists who want to respond. In terms of a pure aesthetic, this reminded me of something like Ludovic Debeurme’s Lucille at Top Shelf or the work of Tessa Brunton at Sparkplug Comic Books, further evidence of the superb production quality and eye for talent burgeoning from this publisher. Grade A+.


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