Why is the comic called Druid Investigations? Well, the prologue opens with a flashback to where Merlin has supposedly failed to protect King Arthur who would advocate an ‘Age of Magic’. It is hinted that Merlin survives to the present day to keep monsters at bay, supposedly with the help of other druids.
The opening for this comic, in the first three pages is particularly detailed. I particularly like the authentic feel that Dan has brought to these pages, with the decision to leave in pencilled guidelines for the characters. Whilst some may say this compromises quality, my view is that this adds an artistic edge to character design, which has not just relied on CAD. I also like the green glow in these particular pages, which help create contrast to the more ordinary modern setting thereafter.
In honesty, it took me a while to warm to the artistic style as I could see that characters are typically shown to have one eye bigger than the other. However, reading the comic, I felt that this stylistic element added a humorous side to the comic and really helped with emphasising certain facial expressions and moods. In terms of this, Dan successfully conveys those moments in the comic where Killian is confused and trying to consider what the hell is going on.
Overall, Dan has clearly demonstrated a great artistic effort and Part One provides a worthy and enjoyable introduction which has great potential to evolve into a full story. However, at the moment, a lot of questions remain unanswered for the reader about what this is really all about. Speaking to Dan at Comic Con, I think a successful Kickstarter for Part One, could mean that Part Two is well on the way...
Feel free to check out my interview with the creator, Dan Harris, to find out more: