There’s a lot of buzz about the upcoming Before Watchmen books, but I’m here to talk about the other Watchman series that most of you probably never knew about and guess what, this one has nothing to do with DC’s cash grab event. One of the pleasures of working at ComicBooked.com is the fact I get to highlight some of the indie titles that don’t get the recognition that they deserve. I know how hard it is to get press in this industry, especially when other websites don’t want to give you the time of day. This is why ComicBooked.com is the best comic-based website out there. There are titles out on the fringe that are hard to explain and totally out of the norm. We make it our mission to spotlight them. Tales of the Night Watchman is one of those titles. Dave Kelly and Lara Antal are a rare comic creator duo. Not only are they the creative team, but they also happen to be a real life couple. You just don’t see that very often in this industry. Dave is the writer and Lara is the artist, and together they have self published this black and white series all on their own.
I’m not the sentimental type, but I just find that to be the most adorable thing in the world. Makes me wonder what Stan Lee and Jack Kirby might have created together if they were secret gay lovers. Dave and Lara have been hitting the pavement and going to every comic shop they can to get their comics into stores. Self publishing is a hard prospect, let alone marketing a book. I really admire this team.
Their comic series, Tales of the Night Watchman is a story of a mysterious masked superhero with a supernatural staff that has magical powers. The real hook for me is the fact that most of the story takes place in and around Brooklyn, New York. Being that I’m a life long Brooklynite, maybe I’m a little biased, but I’m a sucker for anything set in the greatest borough of New York. The story features the adventures of Nora and Charlie and their strange connection to the mysterious Night Watchman. Nora is a local New York blogger stuck in a dead end job at a coffee shop. Her roommate Charlie happens to be possessed by a spectral detective called the Night Watchman. These reluctant heroes are the only ones that can save the day from the evil paranormal activity created by their arch-nemesis Merrick.
I don’t know how much of their own personal relationship they’ve included into the story, but the characters feel very realistic in the writing. Writer Dave Kelly creates an interesting set up for Night Watchman’s origins, his villain and the on-going murder mystery that connects it all. He juggles a few different plots and sets it all up perfectly to keep you interested in future installments. Lara Antal’s art captures all the landmarks of Brooklyn and her characters have a real expressiveness to them. There were many points in the story I would go, “I know that place.” The lettering and art isn’t that refined yet, but Lara is a definite talent I can see growing immensely. I can’t wait to see what she can do in the future. She inks and pencils everything herself and you have to give her a lot of credit for that. There are very few female comic artists in the industry and it’s good to see one giving it her all.
This is a pretty interesting series and I think you should check it out if you’re looking for something a little different. For all my Brooklyn peeps out there, this is the book for you. Queens has Spider-Man, and Manhattan has the Avengers, now we can have the Night Watchman for Brooklyn. He’s a pretty cool and original superhero unlike most on the stands. You can currently go to the Tales of the Night Watchman website and order a copy directly there or go to Jim Hanley’s Universe, Bergen Comics, and Desert Island Comics and other lucky comic shops so you can pick up a copy. You can also follow them on their official facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/watchmantales