The Gifted: Books 1 & 2
Damian A .Wassel, author
In a world void of color, a lone wolf hunts for food. Drawn to an industrial plant at the fringe of a city, the wolf encounters humans for the first time. Wounded by their violent reaction, the wolf flees, seeking shelter. What he finds, however, proves far more powerful: the gift of consciousness. Guided by a quiet voice, the wolf embarks on a journey. Soon, he discovers others like him. Others who are gifted. This is the story of their struggle to bring color back to the world.
A lone wolf faces off against man (hunters) and nature (hunger) in this nearly wordless graphic novel told from the animal’s point of view without anthropomorphizing its protagonist. Remarkably naturalistic in its design, Gooden’s art avoids cartoon clichés, with animals true-to-life in design and behavior. Mostly black-and-white, the art uses black and gray dynamic shapes to visually drive the narrative forward, skillfully merging with Wassel’s story, requiring virtually no dialogue. Bold black sound effects and the sparse dialogue of the hunters (expressed simply in the phonetic sounds the wolf hears) narrate the story. The starkness of Gooden’s palette is powerfully punctuated with a sparse use of brilliant color that leads to a an epiphany for the wounded, dying wolf. Morally enigmatic and deserving of repeat readings, this primal fable of power and evolution is a dexterous balance of action-adventure and thought-piece. (Booklife)
06/26/2015The Gifted wins IndieFab Graphic Novel of the Year Award.
The Gifted was selected as the 2014 GOLD Winner for Graphic Novels & Comics in the IndieFab Awards. These highly selective awards are given annually by Foreword Magazine. We were up against some steep competition but we pulled through!