After loosing track of it for a few years I recently bought the graphic novel of Finder: Voice, a story arc in Carla Speed McNeil's brilliant Finder comic. I first read Finder when the original issues of the Talisman arc were coming out. Back then Finder was an independent comic book that eventually got collected in trade paperbacks/graphic novels. Now it is a web comic that eventually gets collected in hard and soft back editions.
|Finder #21, Talisman Part 3, |
one of my all-time favorite comic covers.
The characters who tie all the stories together include Jeager, a drifter with no clan ties but certain advantages derived from his unusual background and biology. Jeager has befriended the mixed-clan Grosvenor-Lockhart family, each of whom live with their own combination of blessings and curses from their ancestry.
|Finder: Beware of Dog cover |
featuring main character, Jeager.
Although you won't get the full effect from the web comic, Speed McNeil's art is some of the best in the business, in my opinion. There are not a lot of comic artists I would consider buying original art from, but she is one. Like some other independent comic creators, she does the whole process herself, pencils, inks, letters and covers, and it's all good.
|Finder: King of the Cats, featuring lion-people, the Nyima,|
among whom all women and few men have language.
To my knowledge Finder is entirely unique. The only thing that prevents me from recommending it for "everybody" is that she writes about issues like sex work with a frankness that might not be appropriate for some younger readers or to the liking of others.