Image Comics’ newest adventure is about to begin in Kaya #1. Written and illustrated by Wes Craig (Deadly Class), this is the story of a young girl named Kaya, her magical arm, and a quest to safeguard her little brother.
If you’re still lamenting the conclusion of Deadly Class, then I have some good news for you. The mind behind the series, Wes Craig, has been working on a new project for some time now, and it’s finally ready for the public. That new project is Kaya. The series promises to be one part fantasy and one part struggling for survival, portraying the lengths one girl will go to fulfill her vow.
Kaya #1 kicks off the series with an oversized issue, giving readers plenty of time to get used to this new world. It’s a grim world, but it’s exactly what we’re looking for right now. And don’t forget to look out for that Jack Kirby-inspired variant cover; it’s incredible.
There is something so incredibly exciting about diving into a new series. It’s like picking up a bundle of endless potential. Of course, the fact that this series happens to come from somebody with so much industry experience makes it all the more exciting.
Kaya #1 is an intriguing introduction to the series, throwing readers right into the middle of Kaya’s plight. It takes a little time for the story to unfold, mostly through bits and pieces, but it’s more than enough to get the full picture (side note: there was a sneak preview to Kaya that tells more of this backstory).
Perhaps the most interesting decision thus far is Wes Craig’s choice of narrator. The guiding voice of this story is not the title character, Kaya, but rather her younger brother. This fact has some potential implications, but it is too soon to start down that road of theory-crafting.
Just one issue in, and it’s already clear how difficult this adventure will get. This is a desolate and dry world, devastated by enemies and their actions. Yet, despite this somber setting, there’s a spark of hope. This spark grows stronger, eventually leaving us with a promise for something more. It should be enough to get most readers coming back for more.
The artwork in Kaya #1 is worth writing home about. Craig’s style is in full force here, with descriptive characters, vibrant colors, and punctuated lettering. It all adds to the world’s atmosphere.
The deserts of Craig’s world appear as infernos, because of Jordan Wordie’s colors, with flaming sunsets and nothing but sand for miles. The heat and dryness practically wave off the pages. One thing is clear – this would not be a fun place to visit.
The consistent setting allowed the characters to take center stage, primarily Kaya. Her design is bold, pulling eyes to her every time she appears. In stark contrast is her brother – his appearance tells a different story.
Many details help bring the artwork (and the story) together. The lettering by Tom Napolitano did wonders to bring many of these details to life—everything from the complaints of a hungry child to the ripping of a net.
Kaya #1 is a solid start to the series. It promises us a story that will be full of danger, determination, and change. In other words, this is the perfect story to dive into right now. Kaya #1 hits your local comic book shop on October 5.