Boundless Spirit: Should My Kids Be Reading ‘Nenetl of The Forgotten Spirits’? [Kids’ Comics]
It’s Kids’ Week at ComicsAlliance! As the summer draws to a close and young comics fans get ready to go back to school, we’re presenting a week of articles focused on great kids’ comics, including comics recommendations for younger readers. Hey! Kids’ comics!
A fantastical journey through an eerie otherworld, Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is a memorable adventure that draws inspiration from Mexico’s Day of The Dead festival.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Nena is a young girl and, ghost, who goes searching from her family through the haunted streets of Mexico during the annual Day of the Dead Festival, taking advantage of the one time a year when she can explore the roads once more. But her quest is hampered by the arrival of a series of exorcists to her home, looking to track her down and prevent her from her quest.
The comic is about hope, more than anything, with Nena fighting to remain optimistic as her circumstances become more and more difficult, and the odds keep stacking against her. All she wants is to be reunited with her family on this special day --- but there’s an almost insurmountable number of gothic surprises awaiting her.
WHO’S IT BY?
The series was created by Vera Greentea, a writer who has made a name for herself through a series of self-published comics. Greentea has used crowdfunding to set up her projects, having so far published three issues of Nenetl and other comics like Recipes for the Dead through Kickstarter.
She’s joined by German artist and painter Laura Müller, and this is perhaps her highest profile work to date. You can get a look at some of her other concept art and comics work on her site.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
Laura Müller’s astounding artwork, which is fully painted and offers a smoky, otherworldly take on the sprawling, twisting streets of Mexico. Her work elevates the story to another level: you feel like you’re in the middle of this grand event, following the narrative from a child’s unique perspective. Evocative is the word, with the artwork guiding you straight into the mindset of the characters, which in turn gives you the feeling that everything you see has heightened, personal stakes that truly matter.
With only three issues out to date, the creative team has already formed a close bond that connects the reader with each page. The tone reminds me a little of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, but this is a one-of-a-kind --- something you simply won’t see anywhere else.
WHO SHOULD READ IT?
Anybody who loves ghosts --- but especially kids who like ghosts. Do your kids like ghosts? Do you want them to start? Of course you do --- so let them read Nenetl.
WHERE CAN I READ IT?
The series is still ongoing, with three issues currently out there, and the fourth issue on its way after being successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year. In the meantime, you can catch up on previous issues at Greentea Publishing!