Sometimes small miracles come with little to no warning. Out today, likely timed with this week’s release of the hardcover physical release of their originally digital-only endeavor The Private Eye, Barrier #1 hit Panel Syndicate from the exact same team. It’s follows the tried and true distribution method of pay what you what for a DRM-free copy in your choice of PDF, CBR, or CBZ formats. Like before, it’s a landscape-oriented comic to work better with digital devices. It’s 52-pages of comics goodness and stated to be the first of five total installments.
Barrier’s incredibly compelling and, unsurprising for BKV, salient first issue is about a woman from the southern tip of Texas named Liddy who patrols the US/Mexico border and Oscar, a man from Honduras who’s willing to do just about anything to cross into the United States. I won’t say much more on the story than that, but it’s certainly going places. Martin and Vicente continue to be an incredibly powerful team, using the vastness of the Texas tundra and variety of desert landscapes to evoke a wonderful sense of isolation. Additionally, their management of panels in a horizontal format really lets the comic breathe in a way that most traditionally-printed comics can’t really do.
Definitely pick up Barrier #1 from Panel Syndicate for as much or as little as you want today!