Greek mythology is well-known for its concise nature. There’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. But what happens when you add infinity to this formula? A story that spreads beyond the limits of the page. In TRISKELION, writer and artist Kathryn Briggs tests of the boundaries of the “Hero, Victim, and Villain” archetypes. Briggs fleshes out her characters, giving them more than a singular character trait or goal. We follow a girl and her cat as she clashes with ancient goddesses. But not everything is black and white or good and evil.

Mythology Meets Reality in TRISKELION #1

In TRISKELION #1, we meet three major characters: a young woman (the protagonist of this tale), a sea sorceress named Circe, and the goddess Athena. Greek mythology depicts Circe as a wicked sea witch who turns her enemies into animals. However, since most Greek gods commit atrocities, Circe’s indiscretions don’t seem too bad. Even the wise and noble Athena is no stranger to missteps. So, instead of giving Athena the high ground, TRISKELION levels the playing field. Nobody is automatically “good” or “bad.”

Image courtesy of Kathryn Briggs

At the beginning, the plot isn’t totally clear. We do know that the protagonist, a mortal woman, has been thrust into a hero situation. Throughout the first issue, she witnesses a standoff between Circe and Athena about some greater problem. They both need the protagonist’s help, but she’s wary about speaking to the goddesses. Through a series of handwritten notes and bits of essays, we see that the goddesses are somehow a product of the protagonist’s imagination. By believing in these characters enough, it’s as if she can bring them to life. However, it’s clear she’s biting off more than she can chew.

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A Multimedia Approach

The visuals in TRISKELION are absolutely beautiful. Reading the comic feels like looking into somebody’s personal scrapbook. Each page is unique, with its own layout and use of materials. Some feature stunning watercolor backgrounds with digital illustrations over top. Others utilize scanned images, which definitely contribute to the comic feeling like a found journal. There are photos, handwritten letters, excerpts from college essays, leaves, and other trinkets that stick with the fantasy tone.

Image courtesy of Kathryn Briggs

The variation makes for a subtle storytelling. The comic shows rather than tells us about the protagonist. Tickets, class notes, and highlighted text show her interest in Greek mythology. Bits of a college essay about “Hero Theory” give the story an academic feel as well. However, you don’t need to know a whole lot about Greek mythology to understand the comic.

The Chosen One

TRISKELION plays off the idea of a “chosen one,” but in an interesting way. In this case, the protagonist is very meek and mild even though she aspires to be as important as the heroes in ancient myths. In many stories, the hero is somebody who automatically seems “worthy.” They’re strong in will or physical strength. Something about them shines in comparison to others. But from what we’ve seen so far, TRISKELION’S protagonist isn’t what you’d expect. Which is why I really love this concept so far. Ultimately, she does step up to her role in Circe’s plan, whatever that may be.

CLICK: Gods are never easy to deal with, especially in GOD COUNTRY!

Image courtesy of Kathryn Briggs

Final Thoughts

TRISKELION is a great series for anyone who appreciates beautiful traditional art and Greek mythology. With this mythological background, there’s so much to explore in terms of characters and themes. A hero story is nothing new, but the modern twist gives it an analytical depth. It questions what happens when a threat greater than a feud between gods unites everyone. There’s no clear-cut answer, just like most situations in reality. I can’t wait to see where Briggs takes us next in this journey.

Along with the other four issues, you can find TRISKELION #1 on Kathryn Briggs’ site in print or PDF! 

TRISKELION #1 by Kathryn Briggs
TRISKELION #1 is a beautiful comic, a mix of traditional watercolor, digital illustration, and photographs. It intrigued me right away, leaving me wondering what comes next for the hesitant protagonist.
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an alluring start

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