I’ve know Dominic Regan for virtually my entire life and he’s one of the shining jewels of Glasgow’s vibrant comic scene but yet few people really know his work even though he’s been published in A1, Trident Comics and Grendel or more recently people will have seen his colouring in the splendid Nightworld mini series from Image Comics.
People Protector Akay is his solo comic which he seems to have been working on for years and it’s a visual delight if you like a mix of Jack Kirby, Moebius, not to mention as someone who now lives in Bristol, the better street art from people trying not to be Banksy. There’s loads more in here, but Dom manages to give everything an original spin not to mention the look of it is wonderful in glorious digital.
The story itself is that of Akay, a warrior of Churoa and one of the people protectors fighting against the mysterious beastmen who seem to be controlled by Lovecraftian aliens.
Akay is a fantasy which reminds me of Japanese folk stories mixed in with whatever Dom wants to draw upon, but this works as a folk tale being spun. Yes, at times some of the dialogue is a bit clunky but the look of the comic is so rich and the storytelling is outstanding (each page is a 3-panel grid which works brilliantly in digital) that it makes you want to click to see how the next page looks.