Night Post is one of the newest Improper Books comics, one that I had the chance to read it and it made quite a good impression. The silent comic, that has been released on the 12th of November quickly draws attention with both story and art, weaving from the world we all know (and usually hate) to a world we all fantasize about.
The tale is simple enough, but only if you give the book nothing more than a cursory glance, its intricacies slowly revealing themselves with the turn of each page. Without giving too much away, Night Post focuses on a postman (and quite an ordinary man at that) who, unlike those that knock on our doors way too early in the morning, caters to the needs of a very different kind of disgruntled customers. From ghosts and zombies to hell hounds and dragons, our postman braves them all. After all, everybody gets mail, dead or undead. No mythical creature seems to have been spared, but that only served to make the comic book even more appealing. There are also several hidden things, animals and such that I was happy to discover. It’s almost as though something new comes up with each revisiting of the tale.
That being said, Laura Trinder has outdone herself with this work. Some of the book panels have been available for a while, garnering all around praise and after getting through the book, I am not surprised. Benjamin Read (Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale, Butterfly Gate) has written a story that is sweet, with a twist of frightening. The note of normalcy with which the tale starts is found again towards the end, when as morning dawns, the creatures of the night retreat into the shadows, leaving the world to the living once more. Everything in between is both funny and sad, though perhaps the sad part is one opened to interpretation and I’ll leave that to you, if you decide to pick it up.
Despite the fact that Improper Books usually deals with the Gothic and the macabre, per their own admission, Night Post is a book that anyone can enjoy, whether five or ninety-five. I can’t argue with that, given that, despite bringing on several creatures that usually belong in horror flicks or horrible nightmares, the book manages to keep itself from veering into the territory of gore, guts and blood, keeping things mostly light-hearted. I am sure many might reconsider their misconceptions about the boredom usually associated with the job that a postman does after reading this, if only because they allowed their imagination to fly wild and picture someone brave enough to undergo the task of delivering mail to a zombie.
Improper Books has also released a trailer for Night Post, so take a look at that and once you read the book, come back and tell us how you liked it.