Pullbox Reviews: Brokenland #3- “Each frame-worthy panel ventures deeper into Meeso’s fascinating tale”

Creator, Artist, Writer, Colorist:

Drew Morrison

Designer:

Jane Song

Kickstarter:

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Website:

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Review of Issue #2:

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One of my favorites, Drew Morrison’s Brokenland, is back in full force, and the third installment brings some heat to the table. This wordless work of art tells the story of Meeso, a shy, adventurous creature trying to take on the obstacles and wonders that their waste-filled home throws their way. Along the way, they run into a slew of new characters, including the Old Man Moth, who introduces the curious Meeso to a powerful ritual. Now, the time has come for them to tap into their newfound power, take on new challenges, and confront a popular polluter. I’ve been looking forward to this release since last year, and needless to say, this brilliant voyage of discovery, comedy, and growth once again, did not disappoint. Through unmatched imagery and unforgettable illustrations, readers quickly form a long-lasting bond with the quirky being. With just three days left of the Kickstarter campaign, time is running thin to back this passion project, and if I didn’t make it clear already, I can’t recommend it enough. 

As someone who encounters a lot of comics on the day-to-day, it isn’t often that one stands out as much as Brokenland. For anything, whether it be cinema, film, or in this case comics, to work without dialogue, the storytelling and overall narrative have to be strong. Not too much can pull this off; Disney Pixar’s, Wall-E, is one of my favorite examples. One of the most powerful scenes, in my opinion, from that movie is one completely brought to life solely by the visuals and music. It didn’t need chitchat for it to be compelling, and that’s the case with Morrison’s work. As an artist and writer, I find that concept to be remarkable and inspiring, and as a reader, it makes it quite easy to become enthralled in the magic-filled excitement that makes up every moment of Brokenland. Each frame-worthy panel ventures deeper into Meeso’s fascinating tale, leading us into the unknown. One of my favorite elements of this series is just that-the unknown. The mystery, escalation, and development surrounding the loveable Meeso leave the reader needing more after each turn of a page. 

It may go without saying, but the styles and color schemes are awe-inspiring throughout all three of the releases, maybe even more so in Brokenland #3. At first glance at the cover, you know you’re in for a treat. Every single aspect of the comic is great on its own, but when the setting and scenery come to life and the characters seem to pop off the page, it makes for an unforgettable read. The digital copies are great, but once I got my prints, it was like I was reading them for the first time. You think Meeso looks great wandering across your screen, wait until you see them in person- it’s a whole new experience. Going into the series last year, I had no idea what I was in for. Who knew you could pack so much into a single comic? Morrison certainly kicked the story into high gear for this latest chapter and I’m here for it. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve recommended Brokenland to in the past year, and if you weren’t already sold with the last release, I think issue three will seal it. 

If you are a fan of the comic or what I’ve said so far interests you, check out some of the backing tiers on his Kickstarter here. For those just getting into the series, there are digital and print copies available of all three issues in the lower tiers. If you’re anything like me and are obsessed with the art, there are options for prints, in-color originals, never-before-seen concept art, the first printed copies of Drew Morrison’s sketchbook (Mostly Heads), and more. With the stretch goal fully funded, there are new hidden levels unlocked, so be sure to give them a look in the campaign’s final days. If you want more content, give his social media a follow (Twitter, Instagram, and website). There, you can stay up to date with the latest news on the series and find sneak peeks of the latest issues. You can find out more about the series and exclusive art here

For a series surrounding a universe of monsters, Brokenland is the most human and heartfelt series I’ve read. This comic will stick with you, and with the fourth installment on its way later this year, needless to say, I’m beyond excited to see what’s in store. Brokenland #3 is a powerful story brought to life with brilliant characters and visuals, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It has something for everyone, so be sure to go back the campaign and keep up on social media for the latest updates! 

Final Score: 13/13

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