Written, Drawn and Lettered by Kathryn Briggs
I met Kathryn Briggs last year at MCM Glasgow, where I was blown away by her very unique graphic novels Story-Cycle and The Lost Childhood. Of all the amazing titles and creators that attended that year, hers stood apart as something really unique. Beautifully drawn and often darkly poetic, Briggs draws on everything from fable, myth and religion, to feminist issues and personal exploration.
Triskelion #1, like all of Briggs’ stories, is as much a work of fine art as it is a comic. It is unlikely you have seen many things like it; with collage, clippings, watercolours and a whole host of interesting techniques, this is a visually stimulating tale that should not disappoint those looking for eye candy.
But past this, it is also a very thoughtful, multifaceted tale of self exploration and storytelling.
Every read-through offers new insights you may have missed before. There is meaning to everything on the pages and plenty discussion points for those that love to analyse.
On the surface it is a very easily followed and interesting story exploring the roles of heroes and villains and their relation to the ‘innocent’ people they try to either corrupt or protect.
Underneath, each role is a personal connection to Briggs – who plays each role in this story, trying to figure out which fits her. An internal struggle between the innocent, the corrupter and the saviour.
It reads as a journey all too familiar to this reader. Perhaps I can empathize as a woman, an artist, a storyteller. Her writing style is easy to follow and yet feels like almost every word was carefully chosen.
With excerpts from literature and many references to myth and legend (and not just Greek) this story deepens and provokes interesting thought from the reader, and shows that Briggs has more than done her research on all the subject matter that she sneaks in.
The visual style of this reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Punch, but I cannot for the life of me think of anything else to liken the contents to. It is poetic and psychological. To the point, and yet open to interpretation.
This is the good kind of feminism, exploring the female strengths and frailty without alienating the male audience. I cannot recommend this creator enough, And Triskelion is promising to be a story that only deepens and tantalizes as it continues.
Copies can be bought from Kathryn’s website, kathrynebriggs.com
You can also tweet or follow her at @withryn or view her on tumblr at esspublications.tumblr.com