Available to pre-order in the May edition of Previews, Longship is… well, I’ll let Timebomb tell you :
“Longship” is written by Lawrence Rider with artwork by Rebecca Teall, and is the emotional and heart-warming story of a man’s funeral. Utilising an unusual picture-book format that enhances the emotions of the story, Rider and Teall have weaved a stunning tale of life and death, of what you leave behind and what we will do to honour those we love, and is a stunning debut from two talented comics creators.
This is the third release from Timebomb I’ve read. The first being Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague, the second being The Last Ride of Henry Holden, both of which I really enjoyed and the second of which I reviewed HERE.
As stated above this tells the tale of a father and son who, upon learning of the father’s impending death, work together to fulfil his dying wish. The main story takes place at his very unique funeral then gives us flashbacks to show the preceding events as well as giving us the views of other local residents who have turned up to see him off.
I’ve read this twice now. The first time I was mistakingly expecting some kind of twist or supernatural element to come in so, for me, the end fell a little flat. The second time, when I read it knowing it was more of a slice of life story I enjoyed it a lot more. It really feels like the type of story you get in regional newspapers about local eccentrics and I’m still kind of surprised this isn’t based on a true story.
As you can see above, the artwork is very indie (and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing) and the whole thing is definitely unique both in style and content. The colouring especially is really beautiful.
Of the three Timebomb titles I’ve read I’d still say it’s my least favourite but this is totally down to my own personal preferences not due to any lack of talent from the creators. I’m still upset James Stewart didn’t come back as a zombie in It’s A Wonderful Life, so what do I know? If you do fancy something different and with a little more humanity to it than the usual comic book fare it’s definitely worth a look.
For more info, go check out the Timebomb Comics website HERE