Advance Review: At Last The Light

From Blue Fox Comics, this is a new title coming to Kickstarter at the end of March. A one-shot comic, At Last The Light.

Edinburgh, 1849. Eliza and her father look out to Inchkeith Lighthouse, worried as its light begins to fade. Eliza takes a rowboat and journeys out to the island to investigate, unaware she is about to be thrust into a gothic horror mystery. Using her intelligence and wits, she must face the unknown, and lay the island’s secret to rest.

Written by Simon Birks, with art and colours by Anna Wieszczyk, and letters by Rob Jones

As a one-shot period gothic horror, I was wondering what to expect. Sometimes with these types of stories, it is difficult to squeeze it all into one issue. Luckily, the team at Blue Fox Comics manage to do so, giving us a good beginning, middle and end.

Eliza is an interesting character – determined to do what is right and move forward, no matter what horror and creepiness there is going on. Her good heart is shown in her going to the lighthouse to discover why it has dimmed so.

In doing so, we get a good amount of tension as the story progresses, until we get a sliver of understanding as to what is behind it all.

There is a degree of madness here, and it is specially done. I did get some classic horror vibes and a feeling of The Shining in this story – but it fits and adds to the tension you feel with this story.

In quick order this comic draws you in, it builds up the tension and gets you invested. I love the character styles and the way they speak. The art adds to this tension with some excellent uses of light and colour as well as some truly chilling expressions.

I am looking forward to backing this!

As well as there being this English version, there is also to be a modern Scots translation ‘At Last the Licht’ and a period Scots translation ‘At Lest the Licht’

It is due to be on Kickstarter at the end of March 2022 follow Simon Birks here on Kickstarter to be notified.

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