More macabre than some of the previous web comics that I have introduced and reviewed previously, Badirfilay, by Nessa Ninona, has an intriguing plot and an interesting art style. Set in 1899 in a steampunk version of Barcelona, this is the tale of Mr. Valdemar and his sidekick Grim. They are members of a group called the “Mourning Order” who restore to life those who have died before their time.
I found this little gem on mangamagazine.net which keeps surprising me (pleasantly!) with its growing selection of intriguing online comics and mangas.
The story of Badirfilay (I have absolutely no idea first, how to pronounce this name, second, what it means, or third, why the comic is called this) is not yet far along, but I'm already intrigued. The story opens with a young woman mourning the death of her sister waiting for a certain pair of “doctors”. Said “doctors”, meanwhile, are at some freaky asylum, looking for a very peculiar patient. The woman that they are looking for is the source of their abilities to restore people back to life. After living for hundreds of years, without wanting to, she went insane after numerous failed attempts at suicide. Bright, happy stuff, I know.
But there are the occasional spots of humor throughout this grim tale. The dynamic between Valdemar and Grim provides many a moment of comic relief, as do Valdemar's good looks and their effect on the unsuspecting young women of Barcelona.
Aside from an interesting story, this comic has some cool art. The slightly cartoonish style stands at an interesting juxtaposition with the macabre visual style and sepia tones. As with some of my previously mentioned comics, I really love the chapter covers for this comic. They are mysterious and cool to look at, and just generally invite lots of curiosity.
The comic explores the nature of death, mystery, morality, and love. I look forward to seeing where the plot goes from here. I expect great plot twists and lots of intrigue!
Images copyright of Nessa Ninona.