Recommended Graphic Novels: Endstone

By Peter

When I was in 7th grade, I had a friend named Benno who introduced me to comics. Of course, I had read comics when I was younger, but Benno was serious about comics collecting. He taught me the difference between Marvel’s rich world and DC’s flat one, and he took me to comic book conventions where people sold collectible comic books out of big cardboard boxes.

I don’t know what superhero comics are like these days, but back in the 1970s, Marvel had a fun and interesting style. I recently stumbled on the webcomic Endstone, which somehow brings me back to those times. It’s about a half-deer, half-person named Kyla who must rescue a magical stone from people who would misuse it. Both the dialog and the visual style mix fantasy and everyday life in a way that I find charming.  I’d call it a PG-13 strip, with occasional sexual references, but nothing outrageous. It’s updated twice a week.