Walrus #4 The Drummer and Marked #4 Instant Family (Review)

Walrus #4 The Drummer
Review by Daniel Cassar

Story by Brian John Mitchell
Artwork by Jared Catherine
Publisher: Silber Media

At first glance, I immediately knew that this was not an ordinary A4-sized comic one is used to reading. However, the fact that it comes in a match box size makes the experience of reading such a comic intriguing.

Content isn’t much of a focus in this short story comic – it’s actually really short; plain and simple to be honest. No fancy stuff, speech bubbles or emotion; just simple narrative text which describes what’s going on in the scene. In truth, this issue is the fourth in a sequel of comics revolving around a strange apocalypse and a few survivors, including a walrus. The story may lead to a discovery, but that is yet to be revealed…

With regards to the illustration, it’s great! I mean, one must take into consideration that this is a small sized comic book so detail isn’t quite central. It mainly consists of black & white, slightly detailed sketches which add a nice touch to the interpretation of the tale since the content isn’t much of a concern.

All in all, reading these comic short stories is a good way to pass the time – I must point out that it’s not wildly exciting, but I’d rather interpret someone’s creativity rather than stare at a wall and do simply nothing.

Marked #4 Instant Family
Review by Daniel Cassar

Story by Brian John Mitchell
Artwork by Jeremy Johnson
Publisher: Silber Media

This is another match-box sized comic book from the same publisher of WALRUS #4. As I mentioned in my previous review, content isn’t the primary focus. However, I feel like this one has much more potential since there is an actual speech-bubbled conversation apart from a narrative description.

This issue is also a sequel – the fourth production as well, which mainly entails the journey of a ‘reluctant demon fighter’ searching for people who were struck by demons. It is evident that this comic has a much more fantasy-feel theme, which makes it more interesting since it’s surreal (I hope). It also makes the reader want to know more; the journey doesn’t end here and the mystery of these demons is still yet to be solved.

As for artwork, the comic is visually lit pulling the viewer right in.

Illustration still revolves around black & white, slightly-detailed sketches but again, it gives an enjoyable dash of interpretation and animation. And one must keep in mind that this is a really small comic book format.

To wrap things up, I’m fascinated by the writers’ and artists’ patience to come up with these short story ideas and to draw these sketches on such a small format! I always keep an eye out whenever I see potential.

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