Graphic Novel Fridays: Novo from Alterna Comics

I missed Novo #1 from Alterna Comics when it came out last year. I still have only the description to go by: "The Aquans and Terans spent their existences blaming each other for their own faults, warring until there was only one Aquan, a male, and one Teran, a female. Together in love and desperation, they created Novo - a savior born to a world that no longer had use for one. Now trying to discover a history he will never be a part of, can the mystery of his past give him the clues to his future?"

That might sound a little pulpy. However, having stumbling upon Novo #2, also by Michael Bracco and also out last year, I'm going to have to go back and pick up volume one. Yes, there is a little bit of Edgar Rice Burroughs (which isn't a bad thing) in the Novo series, but there's also some really great fantasy art and more than a whiff of Jodorowsky-like surreal science fiction as well.

In volume two, Novo the messiah of the Aquans and Terans is stranded on a strange world, populated by intelligent felines called Xennons. Novo is called upon to help the Xennons fight off the predations of an enemy known only as...The Enemy. Intrigue and battle scenes are highlighted by Bracco's very bold yet oddly delicate art. He's equally at home with squiggly grub-like critters and drawing the sentient cats.

If you've missed the Novo series as well, check it out. Also worth noting from Alterna is Diary of the Black Widow by Bret M. Herholz, a gorgeously illustrated tale of seduction and murder.


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