If you’re sick of being preached at by SLW superheroes, alternative comics that hate everything from apple pie to motherhood, whose every third word is an f-bomb, and you wish someone would put out a comic that was just a pleasant read and fun way to pass a little time, then you’re in luck; let me introduce you to Tiny.
The product of writer Roland Mann and artist Deonna Herrold, the story is loosely based on the classic fairy tale, Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, but Tiny isn’t one of the trendy re-imaged fairy tales, all dark and sinister with kick-ass heroines kicking ass. Instead, it has more in common with the cartoon comics of the fifties or an old Disn
ey movie; the heroine is an—here comes an old-fashion word—plucky.
Grown from a seed mysteriously given to a lonely, childless woman by a fairy, Tiny’s life is off to a strange start, and the weirdness is only getting started! After being kidnapped from her adoptive mother’s house by a demented mini-troll mom, intent on securing a wife for her witless son, Tiny escapes the marital embrace of her hairy paramour with the help of some friendly fish and a butterfly. This begins a series of adventures in which she has to escape the clutches of conniving creatures, for it seems that all sorts of animals, from mice to moles, are intent on making Tiny a wife and getting themselves some cheap household help in the process. But while leaping from one frying pan to another our plucky heroine never loses her cheerful, spunky attitude. After all her travails the second issue ends on an up note with the possible discovery of her parents (who appear to be humanoid and not plants!) and to add to the mystery is the appearance of a hunky prince. But since there have only been two issues published so far the reader will have to wait with bated breathe in the hope that all these mysteries will (presumably) be solved in the third issue.
Roland in an old comics veteran, having written plenty of comics as well as being an editor at Marvel and is now a college professor, so the writing is, as you would expect, tight and professional, but Tiny is Deonna’s very first comic book effort. Her art, to my curmudgeonly eye, has some design and storytelling problems and the color, while pleasant, could use some more contrast, but all those concerns become irrelevant because the art perfectly captures the spirit of the story. Deonna’s Tiny exudes all the charisma that any Disney princess could hope for, and the world she adventures in has as much charm, goofy characters, and whimsical background details that any reader would wish for.
So what do you get for your money with Tiny? Not a book that is going to rock your world or one that will change the way you view comics, but Tiny earns its asking price by taking you on a pleasant journey. A colorful trip where you’ll get the chance to spend some time in a charming world with a plucky heroine, who after joining in on her adventures, you’ll grow to love.
You can get the the first two issues of Tiny from Indy Planet