Today I want to talk about “Next Town Over” a neat little comic that I found thanks to a friend and absolutely devoured the archives. One of the things that caught my attention (other than the story, which we will get too in a minute) is the layout. It’s not laid out like your normal comic. Erin Mehlos, the creator of the comic has made sure that each panel is unique in frame as well as content. For instance, if it’s raining, the frame reflects that. If it is set in a forest, the frame is made of branches and grass. It is a lovely change of pace from your thick black line that is found in so many comics. But that is hardly the only interesting aspect of the comic! The artwork is distinctive and colored beautifully, the characters are well drawn. The characters are interested and well fleshed out. They all have a mystery about them, yet are approachable despite that secretiveness.
The story is one that draws you in and makes you question everything. Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy? Is there even such a thing? It’s a steampunky western comic with elemental magic overtones, though the true story behind those magical elements has yet to be fully revealed. To be truthful, very little of the story has been fully revealed and it’s lovely. There is just enough information to keep your interest, but not enough that you feel like you can stop reading.
Next Town Over is a weekly western, liberally spiced with sorcery, secrets and steam, updating Sundays. It primarily chronicles the curious rivalry twixt laconic, mechnically-inclined Vane Black and sorcerous rogue John Henry Hunter … and no: it most certainly does not take place in the historical American west.
Next Town Over Webpage
If you are interested in reading a steampunky western comic with strong lady characters, wild adventures and stunning art, you will love Next Town Over, by Erin Mehlos.