Murky World

Dark Horse. May 2023. 168p. ISBN 9781506734743. $39.99. FANTASY
Welcome to the “vast country of diverse tableaus invested with strange creatures of obscure motivations that is Murky World.” The guide through this world is Tugat, a young man whose heroic physique is undercut by his childlike innocence. Tugat is the servant of a mystical master until zombified soldiers show up, kill his master, and enslave him. Due to his enormous size, he’s forced to compete in gladiatorial bouts for the entertainment of the masses. He proves fairly inept at combat but manages to catch the eye of a beautiful, ferocious woman. They escape together only to stumble through misadventures with cults, necromancers, and arachnoid monsters; plus, the forces of their enslavers are in hot pursuit.
VERDICT Corben’s (Shadows on the Grave) surreal imagination and highly detailed, stunningly textured illustration have earned him a place among the most highly acclaimed and influential creators of graphic novels and commercial art of the past five decades. This volume collects material originally serialized across various monthly publications in the years before his death in 2020.
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