What began in 2015 as something intended as kind of a joke with the Chinese New Year animal meets apocalypse, Tom Spellman’s Year of the Goat comic series has become so much more as it approaches its three-year anniversary in April and the tenth issue will be fully funded through Kickstarter once again. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed the series, nothing but great and bloody things have been happening between the pages.
Starting with the Goatocalypse where the simple barnyard animals became sentient-bloodthirsty creatures and began to take over and subsequently begin enslaving humanity, characters like Blue Bell and the Stranger began to form and as their stories unfolded mystery grew around why the goats began their takeover.
In the last issue, things became a little clearer in regards to the Blue-Eyed Stranger and a bit of the veil that has been concealing what is really happening came off. Without spoiling much, Issue 9 open what started as an outlandish concept into something greater and a little more meaningful than it had been before in an appropriate way. We finally learn there is much more to the king of the goats, El Diablo and that his connection to the Stranger is more than it seems.
But what makes this comic really cool to read is how strong it’s gotten with the dialogue, as well as its position in the genre. If you’re familiar with reading comics like Preacher or The Walking Dead (and I don’t mean the shows), Year of the Goat fits comfortably in either of their genres, both apocalyptic and supernatural trip into the greater forces out there kind of battling humanity without asking us first. In Goat, the balance between action, character flashbacks, and survival narratives are very similar in the execution to these popular titles.
One of my favorite aspects of the comic is some of the cover art, especially that of Rafael Chrestani (and don’t get me wrong, the Verry Woong covers are pretty sick and hilarious as well).
I highly recommend this series and even though their Kickstarter only has hours to go, you can check out. Issue 10 will be the final issue in the first chapter of this story and I can’t wait to see more.
Year of the Goat is written by Tom Spellman, founder of Spellbound Comics with art and covers by Rafael Chrestani and Verry Woong, shading and lettering by John Rudwall.
Follow the link to support issue 10 and get any issues that you may have missed!
And if you’re super late to the party you can get previous issues on the Spellbound Comics site and check out the other great comics they’ve published as well!