Necropolis is a web comic by Jake Wyatt that does not yet have a site. It is currently being published on the creator’s Tumblr blog, and has been updating on Thursdays. The first time I became aware of this particular comic was back in May, when the first Necropolis test page appeared on my Tumblr’s dashboard. It features the heroine (who is known only by the title “Third Sword”) walking through what turns out to be a graveyard. She is asked by unseen persons if she has come to join them. When she says she is not, she’s told to go on her way.
The next two test pages follow the same general format of various beings confronting the sword wielding heroine with threats or offers of sanctuary, and the heroine responding to the threats or offers by refusing both. These concept-art tests became very popular with multiple “reblogs” for each. (And at least one other artist on Tumblr was inspired to create fan art for the comic.) The heroine’s design has a lot in common with the Magical Girl anime subgenre, but the setting feels more like something from Robert E. Howard’s or Glen Cook’s sword and sorcery fantasies. The surreal art, monster-haunted landscape and the heroine’s complete calm and straightforward manner makes for an intriguing combination.
So far, just the prolog of the web comic is up. It features a powerful warrior queen and her equally powerful husband. It will be interesting what the connection is between them and the heroine. It will also be interesting to find out if the heroine is on a quest, or if she’s just wandering. In either case, I’m looking forward to seeing more of this particular web comic.