Title – Lilith Dark
Writer/Artist – CDowd
Publisher – Indie
Website – http://lilithdark.com/
Lilith Dark is an all ages fantasy comic starring a very feisty and hyper-imaginative little girl called Lilith. Together with her Brother, Sister and Kitty the Rottweiler live in an old house in the middle of nowhere right next to a strangely shaped tree that Lilith calls the Beastie Tree (where the beasts hang out). Oddly enough no parents to be seen… Well not yet anyway.
The story revolves around Lilith who looks to be about six years old and in her imagination is on one huge adventure, the story opens with her bravely entering a darkened wood to fight a fearsome Monster, and as she bravely charges it she is called into dinner and its revealed to be Kitty. We next jump to her feeding a T-Rex the family meatloaf… I wont go any further than that other than saying this little girl does indeed have a huge and overpowering imagination.
I encountered this book at the Annapolis Book Festival when I was sitting next to the Author/Artist CDowd, I picked up this first book with a fun looking cover and flicked through the pages which were beautiful drawn and painted, stopped half way through and burst out laughing. At that point I picked up all three available books; because a book that makes you laugh out loud has to be brought.
Each book is the standard comic book length of approx 24 pages and is illustrated in full color, the story is all ages and Lilith has a six-year old’s lisp and cannot quite pronounce the names of the monsters she fights. The cute names she comes up with are funny. The first three books build up to her first trip into the Beastie Tree were she encounters real Monsters or does she..?
The thing is up this point we’ve been treated to Lilith’s huge imagination, creatures that are really cuddly toys and monsters that are really anything from the family pet to the older brother so we are still not quite sure if she is seeing real monsters.
Do I have any complaints? Not really a couple of odd pages that break up the flow of the story a little bit and I kind of hoped we would be tripping through Lilith’s imagination a little more, but these are minor thoughts. CDowd has produced a good book the art is nice, it glows with Lilith’s enthusiasm then grows dark and moody in the right places. This comic really does appeal to all ages and is a lot of fun to read.
The Lilith Dark books are available in print and as a Webcomic visit the Lilith Dark Website for updates and to read this story online, this is really a book you need to hold so if you encounter CDowd at a convention pick up a copy or all three you wont be disappointed.
4 Thumbs up out of 5