Title: Inkblot #1
Words: Rusty Gladd, Emma Kubert
Art: Rusty Gladd, Emma Kubert
Published: September 2, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Third-generation comic artist EMMA KUBERT partners with up-and-coming creator RUSTY GLADD to deliver a high-fantasy epic! This new ONGOING SERIES follows a powerful sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake—the creation of a magical cat that can travel through time, space, and reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn’t care, and just won’t listen!
Inkblot opens with a retelling of the history of a famous magical family as they rule over various fantasy realms. Then, we are introduced to a sleepy sorceress archivist who accidentally spills some ink on the work she was transcribing while dreaming of the void. As a result, she inadvertently calls forth an anomaly in the form of a cat that turns out to be connected to all places of every realm.
It is apparent from its first appearance that this thing could be dangerous, as would be obvious to anyone who has ever lived with a cat, let alone a powerfully magic one.
With Inkblot, Rusty Gladd, Emma Kubert have come up with a fairly delightful YA take on the portal to another world trope. The backstory is clear and interesting and is told succinctly. Then this delightful fantasy really starts to take off with the introduction to a nerdy outcast, isolated in the library who is jealous of her bolder siblings. Before long, via a cat, of all things, she is thrust into the adventuring life, whether she wants it or not.
The Bottom Line
Inkblot is a fun and funny YA tale chock full of fantasy and magic, dragons, and giants.