So, I was trying to find a couple of graphic novels via my libraries online catalogue the other day when I came across this one, that I had never heard of before, so I quickly reserved a copy and collected it a few days later.
Completely worth the effort, because it’s really really good. Very enjoyable.
I’ve since learned that it started life as a webcomic (and indeed is still available and continues to be published online.) and this first graphic novel, covers the first six ‘issues’ of the story.
Creator Lora Innes writes and illustrates the tale of 17-year-old Beatrice “Bea” Whaley, a student who begins having vivid dreams about a brave and handsome soldier named Alan Warren… a member of an elite group known as Knowlton’s Rangers that fought during the Revolutionary War. Prone to keeping her head in the clouds, Bea welcomes her nightly adventures in 1776; filled with danger and romance they give her much to muse about the next day. But it is not long before Beatrice questions whether her dreams are simply dreams or something more…
— Publisher’s Blurb
I’ll admit from the start I know next to nothing about the Revolutionary Wars or their more well-known characters, but from everything I’ve read, this series has been praised for its historical accuracy, whilst still telling its own story.
One of the reasons I found this such an entertaining read is the nuggets of history revealed as we journey through Bea’s dreams, and sassy/fun portrayal of her typical high school daytime life. Each ‘life’ feels real and natural, with the artwork matching the story and dialogue.
I particularity like the way she’s still very much the same person when she’s ‘in the past’, as when she is chatting about her long-standing ‘crush’ over the lunch table. It makes for some great scenes. 😀 Especially when she tries to use information she’s learned in her real life to affect the past.
IDW have done a great job of putting this collection together, and as you would expect from a GN the colours and artwork are crisp and bright, and it’d certainly be worth owing a copy. But the really, good thing is you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next and how past and present continue to mingle, because this was and still is a webcomic as well, so you can fire up your favourite browser and continue the story with barely a pause! 😀
So, if you’ll excuse me I’ll do just that!
Buy: The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale (Pt. 1) by Lora Innes from The Book Depository.
Do you have a favourite webcomic you’d love to see published as a graphic novel/comic?