Saturday, 24 November 2012

Marraquai: The Forest and the City Comic Review

Written By Benjamin Dickson
Art By James McKay
Cover By James McKay


Drake is a member of an unnamed tribe who lives in a forest and worships Marraquai, the lord of the forest. When the creature destroys a machine sent to cut down the trees, a woman is badly injured yet rescued by Drake and brought to the tribe. This is the day that Drake's life changes forever but will it change for the better or for the worse?


Once in a while a comic book comes along that just amazes me and really stays with me long after I have read it.

'Marraquai: The Forest and the City' is one of those such books.

First published in May 2005, this is the only 'floppy' comic by James McKay and Benjamin Dickson but what a comic!

The story by Benjamin Dickson is a relatively simple one on paper but with writing of this quality, it's an absolutely stunning one.

The story is very hard hitting and Drake's story is riveting right up to the very end of the story. I would have loved to see more of his story but alas, this was a one shot story.

The artwork here is, simply put, amazing. James McKay has really created art of such quality that it really brings the story and characters to life. I will definitely be checking out more of his work.

All in all, I highly recommend that everybody goes and grabs a copy of this as soon as they can. It really is that good!

Story  4/5
Art 5/5
Overall 9/10

1 comment:

  1. Hi Patrick, thanks for such a kind review! You may like to know that a) James is now illustrating Flesh for 2000AD, and b) James wrote what is more or less a sequel to this story for the French market, called "City of Secrets: Ghost Dance" (La cité des secrets: La danse du fantôme). If you can read French you're in luck!

    Benjamin Dickson