Namesake is a fantastic fairy tale mashup

Two days ago I discovered Namesake through another comic I read, Blaster Nation. They’re both hosted by The Hiveworks, which has a few other comics I haven’t looked into yet. But this post is about Namesake.

It starts out seeming like a creative retelling of Alice in Wonderland, which it kind of is, but also kind of isn’t. I’m going to try not to give anything away, but beware that this post may contain minor spoilers.

Namesake (so far) tells the story of Emma and Elaine Crewe, seemingly normal sisters from the present day who get caught up in the magical world of Namesakes. The comic explains it better than I can, but a namesake is someone who must live out the adventures of the main character in a fairy tale, their “namesake,” so that the story doesn’t die out in the world’s imagination. So for example someone named Alice will be chosen to become Alice in Wonderland, and then she must play that role until the story is completed, or until…I’m not sure. The story hasn’t progressed that far yet, but suffice it to say that I’m hooked.

The concept reminds me a bit of Fables, which I’ve heard so much about, but haven’t yet gotten around to reading. (So if my comparison is totally wrong, chalk it up to blithe ignorance and don’t hate me)

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