In the land of Silmay, two young mouse siblings, Jak and Kaya are tailwands, possessing a magical gift that ties them to the elements. Kaya receives her gift in a special ceremony, but brings something back with her that sets events for this new, graphic series in motion.
Tailwands brings together elements of fantasy and steampunk, using animals to tell the story. We meet mice and an owl in this first volume, and I’m sure we’ll encounter others as we go along. Writer Drew Crowder gives readers a lot of exposition and set-up in this volume, laying out not only a solid story, but an entire universe and mythology – always a good sign for a promising series!
Soon to be SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) grad Morgan Rae Myers has pencils duties on Tailwands, and creates a mystical world with friendly-looking characters that will appeal to younger readers. Kids are going to gravitate to this book. If you’re giving your kids books like Archaia’s Mouse Guard, Brian Jacques’s Redwall, Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Desperaux, or watching movies like The Legend of the Guardians (from Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole novels) with them, this is a book to keep your eye out for.
Tailwands won’t hit shelves until next spring, but I’ve got a sneak preview of a few pages – enjoy!
TAILWANDS#1 – KAYA’S JOURNEY BEGINS
Writer: Drew Crowder
Artist: Morgan Rae Myers
Inks: Ryan English
Colorist: Rob Torres
Publisher: Hashtag Comics