The Future Prophecy is an interesting collaboration: graphic novel and concept album with characters that are based on real world Canadian musicians. It’s a mix of mediums that I’d personally not encountered before, but piqued my interest. The heroine of the story is also the one of the books’ creators, Sara Simms, who uses the power of music to try and save the city after the great war. Based in Toronto, my hometown pride surged seeing recognizable bits of my city in the first issue, though it was a bit depressing to see the city fall to Bogtown Records. The narrative borders on cliche, with lines steeped in mystery and sombre tones, but it actually works without falling prey to being too dramatic. It sets the tone of this future world, where music can control the population and humanity’s hope rests in DJ’s. It seems that God is a DJ after all; thank you, Faithless.
The art fluctuates between sketchy, poster style line work and photo-referenced digital art manipulated to look like drawing. It’s an interesting mix that only stumbles when the hand drawn panels are too simple, leaving out minor details that sell the action or character. The flow is great though, with dynamic composition and colour work that adds to the drama. Overall the art is unique and suits the story well; a collaboration of different art styles to go with the layered concept.
The first track from the concept album is an introduction to the Future Prophecy and is pretty decent. It fleshes out some more details of the story without being redundant after reading the first issue. That specific track wouldn’t necessarily be something you’d listen to outside of the whole album as a concept but the video trailer includes a track that is more than catchy enough to stand on its own. The production value in the video trailer is great too, shot and edited well, which shows the attention to detail creators’ Sara Simms and Melle Oh have put into the project.
Overall it’s a really exciting concept. Individually, each piece is great on its own but the sum of its parts is truly something Torontonians should be proud of and support. Another example of amazing things being made in our city, and though this may focus on our town, it doesn’t exclude readers or listeners from anywhere else. I’m excited to see how things turn out for
Oh, and the first issue is free right now, so stop reading my ramblings and go give it a look.