Polyphemus by Annabel Hewitson doesn’t waste time and jumps straight into the story -or rather a story within a story. The prologue sets the stage as chapter one comes in to explain exactly what took place during that first encounter, and how that story was built on a foundation of lies which will most likely lead to years of torment because of a greedy fool.
What we have currently for the story is the very beginning of the plot. The seeds are being planted for an idea that will grow and develop into a full blown adventure, but we aren’t quite there yet. Therefore, it’s a bit difficult to go on about the story because it will be based on assumptions and predictions for where Hewitson will take the plot.
However, what we do have in terms of plot is very promising and demonstrates a clear understanding of how to build up a problem that will inevitably lead to a climax later on in the story.
As for the writing, I was very impressed with the spelling and grammar. Some of the language seemed a bit rudimentary and it would be beneficial to see further development in descriptive words and phrases.
That being said, the script doesn’t fool around and follows a straight line towards the progression of the plot (aka no fluff conversations). I’m very impressed with the writing overall, and I look forward to seeing it grow along with the story.
Looking at the art, it also follows along with a very simplistic style, similar to the writing. These compliment each other well, and it portrays a more young-audience-friendly environment. Polyphemus is also filled with expressive characters that allows for the reader to quickly take a liking to them.
Hewitson demonstrates her full understanding of how to properly lay out panels in order to have the greatest impact. Each panel communicates with the last, allowing the reader to easily figure out the flow from one panel to the next and maximizes reading speed.
The same is true with transitions. Since the plot so far is built on a storytelling experience by one of the characters, there are a lot of flashbacks from past to present. Hewitson does an excellent job making it obvious when we are in the past versus when we are back to the present storyline.
One area that I’d like to see the most improvement in is the proportions. There were a few instances in which the character’s head to body ratio was off slightly. With that being noted, however, Polyphemus experiments with perspective a fair amount and so getting those proportions right can be tricky when using the more challenging viewpoints. I am hopeful that Hewitson will continue to improve in this area as the story progresses.
Polyphemus is a jewel in the rough that I believe will take off quickly once the story begins picking up more speed. I was pleasantly surprised by this small comic and I look forward to what it has to offer in the future.
You can read Polyphemus by Annabel Hewitson on Tapastic!