My Name is Mud, the first issue of The Thirty Six, a web and print comic written by Kristopher White and drawn by George Zapata makes for an interesting contemporary dark fantasy concept. Including monstrous and muddy golems and other big concepts, The Thirty Six is steeped in Jewish mythology. The backstory is that Kabbalists believe there to be 36 people in the world who emerge from anonymity to protect and guard humanity. Sounds like an elegant foundation to a world of mystical potential.
My Name is Mud picks up with the walking-stick wielding Noam, presumably one of The Thirty Six, investigating an attack on a young Lenore Jones who seems to have been attacked by dirt – enter the above mentioned Golem. All of these are fun, easily recognizable and arresting details written in by White. Eventually, the reader is introduced to Levi, Noam’s geeky brother with a seemingly perpetual house – more characters and details that make this first issue a fun read.
Zapata’s art, while a little non-traditional in its thickness of stroke, is extremely capable storytelling that works very well for both single page and book installments. Zapata’s unique art also serves to visually establish a world of magic unlike any other. Zapata’s art also has a fun, indie feel when finished by colorist Micki Zurcher.
The Thirty Six is certainly worth reading for free online but it’s also worth buying their digital and print books to support these awesome indie creators.