Title: September Mourning, Complete Vol. 1
Words: Emily Lazar, Mariah McCourt, David Hine
Art: Sumeyye Kesgin, Tina Valentino
Colors: Betsy Golden, Katarina Devic
Published: April 3, 2019
Publisher’s Summary:“In a world where Reapers prey on the souls of the living, imprisoning them in the shadow-land of Mortem, there is one last hope for humanity. Her name is September Mourning. Half human, half Reaper, she takes the souls of the wicked so the innocent can live again. September has joined forces with a woman who was murdered and restored to life, and a young blind girl who sees only the dead. Together, as The Trinity, they set out to fulfill a prophecy that will finally free all the lost souls trapped in Mortem. In conjunction with the release of this book, September Mourning will be releasing new music via Sumerian Records which will bring further life to the storyline. Collects SEPTEMBER MOURNING #1-4”
September Mourning (the person) is a hybrid being with immense supernatural power who strives for what she believes to be the greater good. With the help of two lost souls, one living and one dead she acts with and against the vagaries of fate. Enemies from beyond are trying to stop her, and her greatest foe is Fate itself incarnate.
The dreamy reality of where worlds intersect is a grand setting for an adventure. The journey begins, as do them all, with a call to action and the gathering of fellows. This is more than just a story. It is wholly intertwined with the music of a band of the same name, and unlike merchandise add-ons and cash grabs that are all too common, the aesthetic of September Mourning (the music) is inherent in the book and vice versa. One does not exist without the other and both are impressive.
Having said that, fans of one are likely to enjoy the other, but as a comic book it is well good enough to stand on its own merit.
The Bottom Line
This collection includes source material as well as concept art to supplement the first four issues of a dreamy story of three women who refuse to be victims of Fate. September Mourning is a well done, highly stylized epic that blends well with the matching music.