Children of Light

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Children of Light Creator(s): Tommy Flick
Publishers: Lightbulb Comics (Self Published)
From: USA
Price: Free but donations welcome

The old fellow has a hard time believing the strange story the group of teenagers are telling him. Seems they were sitting around out in the woods, minding their own business when a strange and wondrous light suddenly appears to them. No sooner have recovered from this when a bunch of no good demons decide to take the group to a strange and surreal realm where they battle them both spiritually as well as in the flesh. Their beliefs as well as their high kicks are tested.

These guys were lucky, I gust go a new computer so I was more inclined to give a web comic a go than I used to be with my 7 year old machine. The site loads quickly, with no naff gimmicks, and it is easy to find the comic itself. Once there you get a bunch of thumbnails for the cover and interior pages. Click on these and you get taken to each page, and you can go backwards and forwards through the pages one at a time. The web page layout was easy to follow and got the job done.

Now to the comic. Things start happening fairly quickly with little in the way of introductions, but throughout the story we get snippets of background info and insights into the teenagers states of mind. Their interactions flow well, though those of you who don't take the Christian faith seriously might find some of it a bit corny. Most of the demons just hit people, though one gets some dialogue and mind reads, seeing into the teenagers' souls and tempting them through their week spots. Some have the faith to stand firm, while others need help.

Tommy illustrates the story very well. The action is excitingly portrayed, and apart from some awkwardness with his drawing of the human form the pages are attractive and clear. He makes some interesting use of different "camera angels" to view the action from, which reflects his effort to show his own style. The monsters were a varied lot, some were scary looking, though the one that resembled the Cat in the Hat made me laugh.

As an introduction to and interesting group of characters this works well. I'm interest to see what happens next to those who are having problems with their faith, and what was the reason for them being granted special powers? Sure, it's an excuses for an extended fight scene, but at least this one has some ideas behind it.

In a Word: Divine.

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