by Meredith McClaren
Digital Edition – Read April 26, 2015
Original Release Date: March 10, 2015
Length: 112 pages
HINGES is a fantasy webcomic, turned graphic novel, about a doll named Orio and her troubling companion Bauble. New to the city of Cobble, Orio must depend on help where ever she can find it, but her assigned familiar Bauble has other interests. And as the two explore the walls of their city, they find that they are not the only new arrivals. In a place that runs like clockwork, it only takes a little disruption to upend a city
I don’t follow many web comics anymore. I used to delve into many, but it’s been a while since I’ve looked at any, I’m afraid. There is a lot of talent out there. This particular comic originated as a webcomic I hear. I haven’t looked at it before, I’ve glanced at the site since. It’s all really lovely, minimalist, but lush. A story told by the art more than the dialogue, which I loved, you could stare at a page taking the art in for a while. I hope her novel sells well, she seems to be a talented cartoonist and story-teller. I more than likely will spend some time on her website finding out what comes next with Orio and Bauble. I’m curious as to what Bauble is about, since it’s obvious he doesn’t quite fit the mold. Is it a he? I don’t know it feels like a he, I could be wrong though, not surprising. This is definitely worth picking up, I’m glad that I was introduced to this world. This world, I’m still unsure of, the dolls, how they exist, I’m curious…they awaken and choose a familiar, I suppose something as a companion, a guide? Something that calls to them. Then they are cast out into the world to find a job, from a list of jobs, a purpose, but it seems that Orio is quite strange herself. It’s hard at first to know everything that’s going on, mostly because the first book seems short, and though the art does well at moving the story, I suppose I’m one of those people who needs something spelled out, less creative perhaps. I am quite positive that future publications will continue to explain the story, because I still loved it, even if I didn’t completely understand it.
(I did receive this book free for an honest review)