If you, like me, have been impatiently waiting for the next installments of the wonderful series The Legend of Bold Riley, written by Leia Weathington and drawn by a number of artists, your wait is over! Three new issues have been released following our favorite dashing adventurer!
In Issue 1, The Talking Bone, Riley encounters a bone that regales her with a tale of love lost. So, of course, she wants to reunite it with its love and, of course, it’s more complicated than it seems.
Issue 2, Warp and Weft, finds Riley sleeping on a moor alone. And, as everyone knows, when you sleep alone on a moor, strange things happen to you. In this case, Riley meets an old woman whose tapestries tell stories, of the past and maybe the future. I was fortunate enough to receive a reviewer’s copy of this and Zack Giallongo’s art is perfect for the story. In many ways, it reminded me of the opening to the quite epic anime Erin, (which if you have not watched is absolutely worth a watching. It’s streaming on Crunchyroll.) And the cover (pictured here) makes Riley look so darn cool.
In Issue 3, The Lion Jawed, having left her grief behind her, Riley encounters more visions and a new purpose, as she heads off to find adventure (and beautiful women) in Kabumzala.
As sword and sorcery short stories go, I find Bold Riley to be just about perfect. Each artist gives me the sensation of listening to well-known stories told by different storytellers. The only thing missing from the series at this point is a Pirate Queen to be Riley’s frenemy. ^_^
One of the million things I love about Northwest Press is the variety of formats their work is available in. Paper pamphlet comics, e-book, PDF, iPad ePub and CBZ…and each linked issue has a few pages up for you to take a look at before you buy. The collected volume should be out next holiday season, but throw a few bucks NWP’s way and get more amazing LGBTQ comics now.
Art – is always dependent upon your taste
Story – 9 I love this stuff
Characters – 9 I love this stuff
Service – Variable
Overall – 9 for Lesbian Adventurer.
Seriously, I love this stuff.