ComiXology Originals debuts The Stone King today from Tyler Crook and Kel McDonald, kicking off a four-issue coming of age fantasy adventure.
The Stone King is a fantasy story about Ave, a young woman who is trapped in a life of petty crime. In an attempt to advance the life she desires, the young thief often steals magic moss from the Stone King. One day, she steals a bit more than magical moss and things very quickly go awry. The Stone King goes on a rampage, threatening Stoneport, the fishing and trading city Ave calls home. In order to save the city, Ave must track down the rare gem and return it to its rightful owner to make things right.
“I don’t know if I’m remembering this right, but I think I had a dream about climbing on giants and kept thinking I should come up with a story about them,” said The Stone King artist, Tyler Crook, who is illustrating and watercoloring each issue. “Then Kel and I were talking about how we should do a project together and I said ‘Let’s do something with giants!’ A few weeks later, she showed me the first outline for The Stone King. Our goal is to make a story that will engage the reader emotionally. We want to make sure the book can get into the hands of a kid and they will read it over and over.”
Seems like an interesting enough story, and I’m liking what I am seeing on the cover art provided by ComiXology. And since it is clear that digital comics are here to stay, I think The Stone King is worth checking out today.