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A powerful sorceress must attempt to correct her greatest mistake--the creation of a magical cat which can travel through time, space, and the seven realms of reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn't care, and just won't listen! Collects INKBLOT #1-6 A powerful sorceress must attempt to correct her greatest mistake--the creation of a magical cat which can travel through time, space, and the seven realms of reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn't care, and just won't listen! Collects INKBLOT #1-6


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A powerful sorceress must attempt to correct her greatest mistake--the creation of a magical cat which can travel through time, space, and the seven realms of reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn't care, and just won't listen! Collects INKBLOT #1-6 A powerful sorceress must attempt to correct her greatest mistake--the creation of a magical cat which can travel through time, space, and the seven realms of reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn't care, and just won't listen! Collects INKBLOT #1-6

30 review for Inkblot, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A cat travels through time and space often visiting a family of sibling sorcerers at random points in their lives. There's barely a story here. There's a gazillion siblings and it's difficult to keep any of them straight due to the randomness of each issue. Emma needs to hang out with her dad's and uncle's writer friends some more to learn how to tell a story. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. A cat travels through time and space often visiting a family of sibling sorcerers at random points in their lives. There's barely a story here. There's a gazillion siblings and it's difficult to keep any of them straight due to the randomness of each issue. Emma needs to hang out with her dad's and uncle's writer friends some more to learn how to tell a story. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    First the quiet, as we feel our way round the multiple realms of this fantasy universe. Then endless action and talking about what we can see with our own two eyes as the worlds get uprooted by a cat bamfing into existence. A new religious way is borne - because of the cat. Mutiny and monster-bashing happen - because of the cat. People fight a sphinx - because, oh you guessed. Then the cat bamfs some more things into life, something happens to some people, the end. The last scene is the ageless First the quiet, as we feel our way round the multiple realms of this fantasy universe. Then endless action and talking about what we can see with our own two eyes as the worlds get uprooted by a cat bamfing into existence. A new religious way is borne - because of the cat. Mutiny and monster-bashing happen - because of the cat. People fight a sphinx - because, oh you guessed. Then the cat bamfs some more things into life, something happens to some people, the end. The last scene is the ageless archivist, librarian and sorcerer of the realms alone, promising to do something or other in the next book. As like as not she'll stay alone, for this is utter tosh. Artwork was fine, but the absurdist lack of narrative logic, the way we had characters tell us what we were looking at, and the sheer incongruity of every page just made it the dud it appears to be. One and a half stars, and the great majority of that goes to the visuals.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    01-07-21: Currently reading as single issues. (Issue 5 just released yesterday.) 4 stars to date. Will update when first arc completes. 02-03-21: Issue 6 released. Though I still greatly enjoy my monthly doses of fantasy and horror in comic form (Last God, Ice Cream Man, etc.), lately, I'm also finding myself more gravitating towards more light-hearted titles for some reason, such as "Strange Academy"and "The Last Witch". And what a fun ride this title has been! A quirky, energetic title, full of r 01-07-21: Currently reading as single issues. (Issue 5 just released yesterday.) 4 stars to date. Will update when first arc completes. 02-03-21: Issue 6 released. Though I still greatly enjoy my monthly doses of fantasy and horror in comic form (Last God, Ice Cream Man, etc.), lately, I'm also finding myself more gravitating towards more light-hearted titles for some reason, such as "Strange Academy"and "The Last Witch". And what a fun ride this title has been! A quirky, energetic title, full of retro charm! Story and artwork combine to make a great compelling read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    A magical mishap brings into being a time and dimension hopping kitty, who begins to unleash all forms of hell across all the magical realms, hotly pursued by a librarian and her family. This is Inkblot, from the mind of Emma Kubert (of the esteemed Kubert clan) and Rusty Gladd. The story here feels a little bitty, for a start. Each issue is mostly a one and done story, and they don't really seem related at all aside from featuring the aforementioned cat. It can feel a bit alienating, and reading A magical mishap brings into being a time and dimension hopping kitty, who begins to unleash all forms of hell across all the magical realms, hotly pursued by a librarian and her family. This is Inkblot, from the mind of Emma Kubert (of the esteemed Kubert clan) and Rusty Gladd. The story here feels a little bitty, for a start. Each issue is mostly a one and done story, and they don't really seem related at all aside from featuring the aforementioned cat. It can feel a bit alienating, and reading it in single issues, I felt like I might have missed something month to month. I expect this sense of confusion is lessened reading these issues together. By the end of the six issues things become a little clearer, as does the ongoing plot of the book which is also a tad dense to begin with. There are a lot of interesting concepts in play, and the six worlds across the six issues are all varied and different, which gives me hope for the world building going forward. From what I understand, Kubert and Gladd double-team the art as well as the writing. It's an interesting set-up that I've not seen before, so Inkblot is a collaboration in the strictest sense of the word. The visuals aren't particularly outstanding or overly memorable in style, but they depict everything in solid detail, and the colour palette for each issue helps differentiate each realm fairly well. I do enjoy the way they portray the cat though, who is mostly just a black blob with big yellow eyes. Inkblot's an odd one, but I think this first volume establishes a good grounding for what to expect going forward even if it feels a bit disjointed to start off. Newcomers Kubert and Gladd put out something very different and unexpected, and I'm intrigued as to what they have in store next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jarrah

    A really enjoyable fantasy comic series, starring a sorceress/scribe and the magical, time- and space- travelling cat she accidentally creates when she knocks over a pot of ink. The creators of the series are truly collaborating on this one and seem to deliberately intend the story to meander in a cat-like way. Some might find it frustrating but like a cat you have no choice but to appreciate this series for what it is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Haha, what a funny read! A magician accidentally summons a black cat which goes through time and wreck havoc by just being there. The cat is adorable!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A sort of Thor meets Endless via generic fantasy farrago, a grab bag of vaguely familiar places and creatures giving the impression less of worldbuilding than default genre settings. It has precisely one thing in its favour: the title character, a feline force of chaos, peering intently, who goes one better than most black cats by literally being made of void, and who can wander in and out not just of houses, but of worlds and times. Any scene where it features is a delight, but alas, half the t A sort of Thor meets Endless via generic fantasy farrago, a grab bag of vaguely familiar places and creatures giving the impression less of worldbuilding than default genre settings. It has precisely one thing in its favour: the title character, a feline force of chaos, peering intently, who goes one better than most black cats by literally being made of void, and who can wander in and out not just of houses, but of worlds and times. Any scene where it features is a delight, but alas, half the time it's absent while a family of sorcerers bicker about something or other – unusually for a modern comic, this was created Marvel method, which is to say drawn before scripted, and I'm not sure if that's why I care so little about any of the humanoid cast, but the only times the dialogue got any reaction from me was when it was variations on 'Mow'. And come to think of it, even that isn't the best transliteration, given it took me a while to work out it wasn't pronounced as in 'mow the lawn'. (Edelweiss ARC)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* A haphazardly narrated story about a cat that travels to places we don’t care about and times we don’t care about. It features people we don’t care about and fictional creatures we don’t care about. The exposition is so heavy and overloaded that I came away from it more confused than I’d gone into it and there was at least 10 different events that occurred with little meaning or relevance to the *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* A haphazardly narrated story about a cat that travels to places we don’t care about and times we don’t care about. It features people we don’t care about and fictional creatures we don’t care about. The exposition is so heavy and overloaded that I came away from it more confused than I’d gone into it and there was at least 10 different events that occurred with little meaning or relevance to the overall story. The protagonist was pretentious, unlikeable and absolutely obsessed with her hermit book ways. I love books and even I’m not that toxic about it! The one moment of potential came at the end of the comic but it was short lived and pretty much destroyed by the protagonist who couldn’t be any less likeable if she tried. She had all the right emotions that made me begin to empathise with her and then she swept those emotions away in favour of her obnoxious behaviour that caused the problem to occur to begin with. And to top it all off, the art was strange and slightly unappealing. I really expected more from someone with the last name Kubert, but I suppose the famous family name can raise you up and bring you down too. The comic ended with a hint that suggested another volume is coming, but I’d suggest you save yourself the time and effort and quit whilst your ahead because this comic is not at all worth it now and I doubt it will be with the future instalment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    This was silly 🐈 When a sorceress falls asleep in her living library and knocks over a bottle of ink, a time & dimension traveling black cat with giant green eyes comes to life. Inkblot doesn’t have much to say besides “Mow. Mow? Mreeoow!”. By the end of the volume, the only thing I cared about was what mythical creature this cat would befriend next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    A sorceress, Seeker, spills an inkpot into some magic and accidently conjures a cat-ish being that can portal through space, time, and the boundaries of alternate dimensions. Said creature, Inkblot, has adventures by way of said spatial, temporal, and interdimensional travels, finding itself in the midst of battles with dragons, mutineers, a Sphinx, and sundry monsters. It’s a little like Forrest Gump, but with a cat stumbling through historic moments in a magic & dragons fantasy realm. This vol A sorceress, Seeker, spills an inkpot into some magic and accidently conjures a cat-ish being that can portal through space, time, and the boundaries of alternate dimensions. Said creature, Inkblot, has adventures by way of said spatial, temporal, and interdimensional travels, finding itself in the midst of battles with dragons, mutineers, a Sphinx, and sundry monsters. It’s a little like Forrest Gump, but with a cat stumbling through historic moments in a magic & dragons fantasy realm. This volume makes for a cute reading experience, which – I suspect – is what the authors were going for. As anything more than lighthearted entertainment, it suffers problems of story. The most notable problem is that Inkblot is the only character whose story cuts across all six issues, and as a protagonist the cat lacks motivation, emotional experience, or agency. Inkblot is adorably drawn with huge eyes and little else by way of discernable features beyond its cat-like body, but its emotional range is Mark Wahlberg-esque. Arguably, the true protagonist is the cat’s creator, Seeker, but she is not a major player through much of the arc. Which speaks to a second issue, and that’s that issues two and three feel a bit random and disconnected. Both are fine issue level adventures, but they don’t seem to advance the overall story. If you’re looking for a cute and very lighthearted read, you may want to check this one out. It’s drawn in a vibrant and whimsical fashion and is written to take one’s mind off pandemic woes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    A magical time travelling cat is let loose from the dreams of a librarian god (?), whereon it proceeds to jump back and forth amongst the librarian's numerous siblings. This fantasy adventure was cute but it needed more connection and coherence. That's the trouble with a) time travel and b) drawing siblings. I had no idea where/when we were half the time or who we were dealing with. Most of the siblings looked alike, and I think at one point we were in the same time/place as the librarian as a y A magical time travelling cat is let loose from the dreams of a librarian god (?), whereon it proceeds to jump back and forth amongst the librarian's numerous siblings. This fantasy adventure was cute but it needed more connection and coherence. That's the trouble with a) time travel and b) drawing siblings. I had no idea where/when we were half the time or who we were dealing with. Most of the siblings looked alike, and I think at one point we were in the same time/place as the librarian as a younger person. At this point she saw the cat, but it apparently didn't jog her memory. I found each individual issue read a bit like a single standalone story except that in each case the matter didn't seem to be resolved. The author's notes in the back of the comic state that they will be tying things up in the end but it left me feeling out of the loop. I also couldn't work out if the cat was causing the problems or just there to see them and bring them to the librarian's attention. The art was good for fantasy, but I did find the names hard to remember and assign to a particular person. I don't know if I care enough to continue. NB: I received a review copy from Edleweiss+

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    What happens when you set a magical cat loose on the universe and the fabric of time and space? Well, this is how Inkblot starts. The 'cat' in question is a lot of fun to read about! Generally causing mischief and outsmarting those around them. As a total cat person, I loved this concept and the cat's part in the story. The main character, the Seeker, is where it fell short. As a definitely-not-cat-lover (Really, she is quite violent and barbaric when interacting with the cat - but don't worry! th What happens when you set a magical cat loose on the universe and the fabric of time and space? Well, this is how Inkblot starts. The 'cat' in question is a lot of fun to read about! Generally causing mischief and outsmarting those around them. As a total cat person, I loved this concept and the cat's part in the story. The main character, the Seeker, is where it fell short. As a definitely-not-cat-lover (Really, she is quite violent and barbaric when interacting with the cat - but don't worry! the cat always prevails) I felt myself not relating to her despite being a booklover and writer (Hi, I am also a book lover and writer). I wanted to relate to this character more. But the Seeker just was incredibly frustrating. Since we're talking about jumping through time and space (and different realms!), It's to be noted that this graphic novel isn't told linearly. We jump between different ages and realms along with the cat, and because of this, sometimes only get a glimpse of a certain story or tale. I didn't mind this so much, but I do wish we were informed of what time / realm we were in as we jumped along. The artwork and colouring was beautiful, and I'm incredibly excited to see where this unusual story goes! I received an e-copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily Rainsford

    Inkblot is a cute, quirky, humorous little fantasy story in which a sorceress-librarian accidentally creates a little black cat when her ink spills. Turns out this little bugger can travel through dimensions and time, and unwittingly creates havoc wherever it goes... or should I say, steps into havoc - it seems to actually solve the problems in each issue rather than causing them. At first the issues seemed like cute, vaguely connected but fairly contained short stories or vignettes about this l Inkblot is a cute, quirky, humorous little fantasy story in which a sorceress-librarian accidentally creates a little black cat when her ink spills. Turns out this little bugger can travel through dimensions and time, and unwittingly creates havoc wherever it goes... or should I say, steps into havoc - it seems to actually solve the problems in each issue rather than causing them. At first the issues seemed like cute, vaguely connected but fairly contained short stories or vignettes about this little cat's quirky adventures. They were kind of amusing I guess but didn't really wow me. But the end of issue 6 left the door open for a larger and more emotionally impactful storyline in future, and I feel like there's a lot of potential for the story to evolve in this direction. This Volume 1 is overall a 3/5 for me but I'm hopeful for the direction this could take and I would look out for future issues. Many thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for the digital review copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I have to admit that I downloaded this review copy because the cat was so dang cute. The cat continues to be very cute! I enjoyed this volume of compilation of the first 6 issues of Inkblot. I really enjoy graphic novels and compilations, so this was a fun read and I read it from start to finish right after download. However, if you're someone who wants a beginning, middle, and end to a story, you won't find it here. I'd recommend waiting until a few volumes have been released to really dive into I have to admit that I downloaded this review copy because the cat was so dang cute. The cat continues to be very cute! I enjoyed this volume of compilation of the first 6 issues of Inkblot. I really enjoy graphic novels and compilations, so this was a fun read and I read it from start to finish right after download. However, if you're someone who wants a beginning, middle, and end to a story, you won't find it here. I'd recommend waiting until a few volumes have been released to really dive into the story. But if you don't mind a little suspense and relish taking in a story slowly with a lot of questions, give it shot! If nothing else, the illustrations are lovely to look at and, like I mentioned, the cat is dang cute! Huge thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for providing a copy of this volume in exchange for an honest review!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I love the art and the high-fantasy concept here. Not to mention that the cat is adorable and it makes some of the overly dark themes seem lighter and easier to accept. I'm looking at this as a volume that's setting the groundwork for some pretty epic adventures going forward because there are a lot of siblings to introduce and a big, wide world to set up. But I do think that there could have been a bit more character exploration with the Seeker to fully round out the story in this volume. Defini I love the art and the high-fantasy concept here. Not to mention that the cat is adorable and it makes some of the overly dark themes seem lighter and easier to accept. I'm looking at this as a volume that's setting the groundwork for some pretty epic adventures going forward because there are a lot of siblings to introduce and a big, wide world to set up. But I do think that there could have been a bit more character exploration with the Seeker to fully round out the story in this volume. Definitely looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    A magical librarian accidentally spills some ink (magical?) and this creates a magical cat that says “Mow” as it travels through time and dimensions. Apparently this is a problem, but it seems harmless. The first issue is quirky, but has some fun moments, and then the rest of the book descends into nonsensical, random storytelling. Each issue is a short story revolving around the librarian’s family, but it’s never clear what each story or the book as a whole is accomplishing. The art is a lot of A magical librarian accidentally spills some ink (magical?) and this creates a magical cat that says “Mow” as it travels through time and dimensions. Apparently this is a problem, but it seems harmless. The first issue is quirky, but has some fun moments, and then the rest of the book descends into nonsensical, random storytelling. Each issue is a short story revolving around the librarian’s family, but it’s never clear what each story or the book as a whole is accomplishing. The art is a lot of fun, but the world- and character-building is weak.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    What kind of richly-illustrated fun have we come to expect from a Kubert, after all? In a complex web of overlapping dimension-hopping, the main(?) character accidentally summons a black cat which travels through space and time and may hold the key to either multiple resolutions in various times and places, or the solution to problems that have already happened. This was short and bizarre and I can't wait for another volume. Would have been YA except for one grisly decapitation. What kind of richly-illustrated fun have we come to expect from a Kubert, after all? In a complex web of overlapping dimension-hopping, the main(?) character accidentally summons a black cat which travels through space and time and may hold the key to either multiple resolutions in various times and places, or the solution to problems that have already happened. This was short and bizarre and I can't wait for another volume. Would have been YA except for one grisly decapitation.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The story does jump around a bit, but I belief that that is the point. The book is about a chaotic cat and it’s adventures. I think the story works well collected. I think I would have just been confused if I read it a single issue at a time. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those that enjoy cats and chaotic adventures.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Zeman

    A read read for cat fans and the dynamic of large families. If your family happens to be witches and warlocks and travel through dimensions to slay mystical beings to increase your power. Yeah you know normal family stuff.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kevin L

    3.5 stars. Fun, but not a lot of depth or cohesion. Also, Mow.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larakaa

    t's funny and cute but also an epic fantasy story. And even the making of in the back is a funny cartoon! Really enjoyed reading this t's funny and cute but also an epic fantasy story. And even the making of in the back is a funny cartoon! Really enjoyed reading this

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Burch

    This was a complimentary copy from edelweiss. I really enjoyed it, but I had to knock it down a star because of a spelling error in the last issue. This was my first graphic novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hayley F

    Many thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I cannot wait to continue this series. I loved the concept of a time/dimension-shifting cat. (Also, it is adorable!) The artwork is absolutely stunning and the colours really add to the magical fantasy elements of the story. And I’m invested in the story now – I’m looking forward to see how it progresses going forward. There were times when I wasn’t sure how everyth Many thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I cannot wait to continue this series. I loved the concept of a time/dimension-shifting cat. (Also, it is adorable!) The artwork is absolutely stunning and the colours really add to the magical fantasy elements of the story. And I’m invested in the story now – I’m looking forward to see how it progresses going forward. There were times when I wasn’t sure how everything was going to come together. This doesn’t happen until issue 6 so you do need to trust the timing a bit but it’s incredibly satisfying when it does eventually connect. CWs: Decapitation, body horror, death

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lizz

    EL ARTE ES HERMOSO Y LA HISTOROA MUY ENTRETENIDA LO AMO LO AMO LO AMO

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Review submitted to Diamond Bookshelf for potential professional publication.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Whitt

    I loved this! It is such a cute premise but packed some emotional punch at the end. I'm definitely excited to see where this story goes I loved this! It is such a cute premise but packed some emotional punch at the end. I'm definitely excited to see where this story goes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Avilez

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tad

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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