An article by, Aaron Burton
My soon-to-be wife probably loves pigs more than any other animal. We have pig art, pig potholders and pig utensils. I am currently sitting in front of three pig statues while writing this article. Though my love for pigs may not be as intense as hers, I was very excited to see a porcine comic debuting this week.
Meth: The Immortal is written by Kevin Dean Miller and art by Kierston Vande Kraats. There is one issue currently available which premiered on April 4th 2018. The book is published by Millstone Press. Meth: The Immortal is a fantasy adventure based in both folklore and real-life.
Methuselah is a pig who became immortality at the start of human history. He has spent this entire time trying to find his place in the world. He walks the Earth with a herd of other pigs in the wake of human destruction and tragedy. The story takes place in modern-day in the Middle East. Meth and his followers go to war-torn places to feed upon the corpses. This all changes with Meth takes pity on a boy in critical condition.
Much of the book is rooted in Christian lore. Methuselah is named after a character from the Old Testament. There is a section in the book of Genesis which describes the names and ages of the first few generations of humans. In this passage it is revealed that Methuselah lived to be almost 1000 years old. This is a fitting name for an immortal pig.
Besides religion, Meth: The Immortal also tackles the subject of human destruction. Immortality has allowed Methuselah to watch history repeat itself. Since the beginning of time humans have used their ideologies to try to make a perfect world. Every society rises and falls as a new ideologies take hold. Meth has been around this block many times.
Miller's anthropomorphization of Methuselah offers a good balance of human and animal qualities. Being alive for so long has made Methuselah a wise and old soul. However, the pig still enjoys all the normal pig activities like over eating and rooting. This gives Meth a solid personality to help drive the story.
Kierston Vande Kraats' artwork in Meth: The Immortal is pretty great. The book is in grayscale. The panels often play with depth of field. The relationship between the foreground and background is very dynamic. Also, most of the characters and objects are drawn using thick line art. This is often switched up with the use of shading and areas with no outlines. Meth: The Immortal seems to be showing a dark take on immortality. The artwork definitely helps to promote this premise.
Meth: The Immortal was a fun read that took me by surprise. It provides an interesting new take on one of the world's oldest stories. I also like how it uses human conflict as theme and backdrop. Plus, there are pigs in it which is always great. There are also some extra pages in the back of the issue that show prototype drawings and background information about the book's creation. I found these pages to be very insightful. In the word's of Kevin Miller: "Get Hooked on Meth!"
Meth: The Immortal is available through Comixology and Kevin Miller's website.