Living Forever Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be In ‘The Eighth Immortal’

by James Ferguson

Explore a whole new realm of fantasy before purgatory and undying in The Eighth Immortal, debuting in January from Source Point Press. Written by Jacob Murray, illustrated by Alice Li Barnes, and lettered by LetterSquids, the comic plays with the ideas of immortality and illumination and what it means to resist our nature.

Curipan has spent her immortality protecting humanity from the threat of an ancient prophecy. But time and a secret trauma have worn her down, forcing her to choose between her duty and her sanity. The Eighth Immortal is a scandalous fantasy that asks the question, should anything last forever?
“Trauma finds us all at some point, and the knowledge of our mortality often is what allows us to leave it behind, lest we waste our limited time left on this earth,” said writer Jacob Murray. “But what happens when time can’t heal your wounds because time can’t kill you?”

Murray says The Eighth Immortal was born of a dream. He saw a woman clad in black reciting a strange incantation to him. Upon waking ,he had to find out what the words meant.
“One of the things I’m most inspired by is using art techniques to convey story and emotion. This dark world drew me in, and I pushed my boundaries with paneling and inking to realize Jacob’s vision,” said artist Alice Li Barnes. “His concept of a black and white toned comic with color accents sounded like an interesting, enjoyable challenge.  A year later, that became The Eighth Immortal, and I’m excited to share this truly artistic vision with readers.”
The Eighth Immortal #1 features a main cover by Tiffany Turrill and an incentive cover by G. Bifulco. It’s set for release on January 27th, 2021.

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