Especially given my current craze with fables and fairy tales, this was an enormously pleasant surprise.
Andy Weir’s newest work is called Cheshire Crossing. It is, well… a crossover of epic proportions. Oz meets Wonderland meets Neverland meets who knows what else. With it’s advent, I can accept the end of C&A stoically.
So, first impressions of this new strip:
Humor: Check. Unsurprisingly, Weir adds his usual wit to the story. The Wicked Witch and her monkeys are an especial delight.
Story: Well, it’s early to be sure – but given this seems to be coming out straight from the gate with a sense of definite purpose, I suspect it will handily deliver.
Art: Weir seems to have developed a new art style for this project – which seems to essentially be a very refined version of his normal art. It’s good, no denying it. There are a few perspectives it seems a bit weak at, but they are few and far between. The ladies are, ahem, a bit on the busty side, but I doubt you’ll see too many complaints over that.
Overall: I think I summed it up earlier: “Wow.” The strip looks amazing. Unfortunately updates look to be sparse – an issue will likely be coming out every 3-6 months. That may speed up with the retirement of C&A, but it still is likely to come sparingly.
Of course, the time put into it shows – it’s damn fine stuff. It just means we’ll have to suffer in anticipation over future issues. I’m already gathering up a whole pile of questions and speculation about the series. (Top on my list – who, pray tell, is the Man in Black?“)
In any case, Cheshire Crossing just looks awesome.
Well done, sir, well done.