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Review: Eleanor Chapter 2 – Haunted by Waters

After leaping into the first 2 issues of this story, a much anticipated Chapter 2 continues our story of Eleanor, the girl who never stopped falling.

This chapter begins with Eleanor’s slow row to Huffnagle island. You may think we are grounded in reality, but we are quickly reminded we are not with Eleanor, conversing with the mysterious voice. We flash to her unfortunate post-leap reality and back to the dreamworld in time to witness the fall once again. Now back to 1985, as we witness Eleanor’s birth. The beginning of her life, although very welcome, also foreshadows a flood of tragedy. Back to present day, and we are introduced to a very important person in Eleanor’s life, Jack, her lifelong friend and eventual crush. Jack watches over Eleanor’s bedside reading Alice in Wonderland — yet another kindred spirit that started her adventure with a fall. The theme continues; Eleanor briefly regains conscience as Jack runs to get her father…..end chapter 2.
This book continues to impress me; the strong narrative continues to flash between worlds and timelines seamlessly, and I can’t help but anticipate that each of these stories will eventually come crashing together. It is also great to see Jason grow as an artist,  the consistency and incremental improvement is a privilege to witness. The full page spread of Eleanor’s otherworldly leap from the cliff’s at Huffnagle Island shows off Jason’s talent for coloring. That page alone makes me want to upgrade to the New iPad just to see that page in its HD glory. We are also treated to several pages at the end of this chapter stepping us through his creation process. My one criticism is in the lettering: The font and style used to express “sounds” is also used in some of the dialogue, and feels a bit out of place, which took me out of this immersive story a bit.
Although this review is late (mainly because I went back and re-read the entire story at least 3 more times), this is one of the books that I truly look forward to. I hope you all take the time to add this story to your digital reading stack. I would highly recommend the full online social experience for this story. Between Facebook, Tumblr and the web site itself, the entire social experience makes you appreciate the story and its creator even more. I am also looking forward to Jason’s new cosmic collaboration with new artist Tony D’Amato called The Caretaker.
With a teaser like “With a world on the edge of destruction, a single human has the power to reset history and change the future.” …who can resist.
The comics are available digitally via Graphicly and now also available in the iBooks store.
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Review: Eleanor – Prologue and Chapter 1

Independent creator Jason Gurley gives us the first two installments of this wonderful story of faith, dreams and self discovery in Eleanor, The Girl Who Never Stops Falling.  

The Prologue opens with our 14 year old Eleanor leaping gracefully from a cliff for reasons yet unknown, having it only fall into tragedy. Surviving the horrible fall, our young girl finds herself in a coma. The reader then follows Eleanor’s journey of dreams as she meets somebody…something…a simple voice that seems familiar, but just out of reach. She then awakens from her long dormant struggle having to rehabilitate and rediscover herself. This first installment sets the stage for Eleanor’s journey of self discovery, continued dreams and her quest of faith to possibly find who…or what she met in her comatose state.
Chapter 1 takes us back to the beginning, the very beginning. We meet Eleanor’s young parents and discover that Eleanor may have inherited something from her newly pregnant mother, recurring vivid dreams. But, we do not get the colorful and enchanting dreams of Eleanor’s. Her mother’s dreams are very dark and foreboding, providing insight into her psyche that I’m sure will influence Eleanor life as this story progresses. We also see Eleanor’s first fall.
Overall, the quirky and unique art style really enhances the story and almost blends perfectly into the background as you partake in all of the great inner character dialogue this books provides. 
Eleanor is a digital only comic available in weekly installments at the creators web site or via Graphically. This book is a great example of the new digital comics medium. The unique page layouts coupled with the dreamlike color palette really pop off the screen via your electronic tome of choice. An iOS app will soon be available for $2.99 that will provide the reader access to all of the current content as well as all new issues at no additional charge. A real deal in this world dominated by $4-5 monthly mainstream comics.
So go on, give this book a try. I guarantee if you take a leap of faith, your inner voice will tell you to read on…
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