Posted June 23, 2023 at 12:00 am

This week in Bybloemen: some stunning guest art by Sierra Barnes, author/artist of Hans Vogel is Dead. I'm a huge fan of Sierra's work in comics, and HViD boasts fantastic art that's only matched by a subtle, thoroughly charming, and carefully-researched script. It reinterprets classic fairy tales in a way that's bold and totally unique, and it's hands down the best of the best in the historical fantasy genre. Sometimes you see your characters rendered in a totally different style and you go "whoa, how did they capture that??" and her version of Basil is even more Basil-y than I can manage on a good day. I like to think this is what he'd be like a few decades before the start of the present story, checking in with his extended intelligence network/corvid union and acting a bit more in line with the Adversary's core values haha. 

From the HViD site: "Hans Vogel–ace pilot, war hero, and card-carrying Party member–loses his life in the Battle of Britain. It’s when he wakes up again in the curious afterlife of Märchenwald, where fairy tales are real and a happy ending hasn’t happened in over thirty years, that he realizes his life has been spent in service of an evil empire and its effects have reached far beyond what he could have imagined. Accompanied by Reineke, a young girl cursed in the body of a fox, he sets out to unlearn the fascism and cruelty he learned in life, undo its power in the fairy-tale world, and maybe, just maybe, do better this time around.

HANS VOGEL IS DEAD launched in webcomic form in the September of 2015 as an anti-fascist fairy tale with elements of historical fantasy."

You can pick up a copy of Hans Vogel is Dead, vol. 1 right here!

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