What do inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini all have in common? Well, as it turns out, they are part of a secret organization called B.E.T.H. (Bell, Edison, Tesla, Houdini — neither clever nor glamorous, but serviceable), and they are tracking down a serial killer who — they believe — has slipped through into this plane of existence from another dimension. Sound a bit absurd? Well, perhaps, but it is the stuff of good storytelling, and that is precisely what creator/writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing is attempting to do with her ongoing web and print comic, Boston Metaphysical Society. Currently, she has launched a Kickstarter crowd sourcing fundraiser to bankroll the final print issues of the series.
It is the year is 1895, and an unspeakable evil from a parallel dimension has escaped into our realm. Now it roams freely throughout the city of Boston. However, this isn’t so much our world, as it is one that is very similar. In this world society has developed along the lines of Steampunk technology. In this place there exists steam driven rudimentary computers and electronics; and dirigibles crisscross the sky. With this “slight” alteration to the world comes social and political upheaval as not everyone is comfortable with change. In fact, many people fear it. That fear and the violence that follow have caused a psychic rift to the very fabric of space-time continuity, and that puncture has allowed an entity known as “The Shifter” to escape into “our” Earth. Feeding on the resentment and fear between the rich and poor, “The Shifter” triggers a rash of murders.
To stop this heinous evil, four of the greatest minds of the time have banded together in order to try and stop this malevolent entity. Inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini all attempt (and fail) to put a halt to his killings. So, against their better judgment, they enlist the aid of a man who is driven by revenge, an ex-Pinkerton Detective known as Samuel Hunter. The Shifter killed Samuel’s wife. Which is why Hunter hates him (it) so much. When he is brought into the case, Hunter gathers together an unlikely team of paranormal hunters, the Boston Metaphysical Society, consisting of himself, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Medium and Spirit Photographer, and Granville Woods, Scientist extraordinaire. Now they have taken on the task to stop The Shifter before Boston tears itself apart.
According to Holly-Rosing, the Boston Metaphysical Society started off as TV Pilot which she developed when attending the Masters in Fine Art Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. While she was writing it, she was told by a number of her friends that it would make for a great comic so she adapted the original story into a six-issue mini-series. This done, she went looking for an artist, and met Emily Hu through a mutual friend and a partnership was born. Emily’s passion for the project matched Holly-Rosing’s, so she knew that she had found a kindred spirit, and that the story was in good hands. Holly-Rosing launched Boston Metaphysical Society as a webcomic in May 2012. Currently, the first two chapters are online (and available in print) while the third has just debuted. The backing from this Kickstarter project would enable Holly-Rosing’s talented team to complete the final three issues of the series and print all six issues in a soft-bound 136 page book.
This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Friday Nov 15, 2013.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.