The Ferryman is a new comic from Sean Campbell and currently going through funding over on Indiegogo. The story takes place in a future where the idea of an afterlife is no longer the stuff of legend, faith, or myth. It is a real thing created by man and supported by technology. If you have the means you can pay to have your consciousness downloaded after you die, and stored on a server so that you can continue ‘living’ in a world of your own creation. Miles Armstrong is one of the technicians that shows up to download and transport the recently departed, but quickly finds himself entangled in a dangerous global conspiracy.
The story in The Ferryman is a pretty unique delivery on a fairly classic theme. Man’s quest to live beyond his normal span of years. Whether it is the scientific search for immortality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the fantastical wish for it seen in Gregory Widen’s Highlander, it is a story that hooks many of us. Sean takes us down the scientific route with an implant that allows a person’s consciousness to be uploaded within hours of their death and stored on a server where they will dwell forever, or until the company goes under I guess. Fortunately for us it’s not that simple. Various groups oppose this new technology, one of them promising to expose a secret this company, E-LH, doesn’t want you to know.
The dialogue is good, and the characters feel natural. Sean doesn’t drown us in a lot of futuristic jargon or technobabble which can sometimes distract from the story. We get a sense that this is set in the future through subtle differences in tech and fashion rather than indecipherable language. Each of our main characters has a distinct personality which is easy to pick up on almost immediately upon meeting them on the page. Overall it was a good read, and I’m definitely interested in what happens next so I’m hoping to be able to add this to my pull list in the future.
Dennis Tirona’s pencils are pretty good in this book. He’s developing a style that reminds me of some of the classic artists I used to see in Heavy Metal magazine all the time. It’s different than what we see in a lot of modern comics, which I like. There is room to grow and refine his art, but it does stand apart. The lines are clean, and panels aren’t too sparse or too cluttered. Motion is easy to follow and conveyed very well throughout. Capping it off are Ester Salguero’s colors giving the world a nice futuristic, but not too clean feel. It’s a good book to look at as well as read, which is always important for me.
As I said, The Ferryman is still in the funding stage with a month to go. As of this writing they are almost halfway to the goal line. Give it a look and see if it’s the book for you. For me it’s the start of what looks to be an interesting series and I hope to read more from this team. You can review the Indiegogo campaign here.