Every so often I’m tempted to do an article on the top ten comics on hiatus that I really would like to see start updating again. Actually I lie. I wouldn’t be able to limit myself to just ten… given that some of the comics on my list have been gone for years and I’d have to struggle with whether to talk about comics that are long dead, or those who’ve more recently entered hiatus and are likely to return. But in either case, one of the top comics on that list is the fantasy comic No Rest for the Wicked, which takes a delightful take on classic fairy tale characters as they search for the Moon so that Princess November can finally overcome her
Well, I can now strike NRftW from the hiatus list; cartoonist Andrea L. Peterson spent several months revamping her website and this month actually started updating once more. What’s more, there have been a couple of multi-page updates that continue November’s journey into the darkness that is at the heart of most fairy tales. And while I’m never adverse at an archive crawl, Peterson has also included a synopsis of the past four chapters, allowing readers to quickly refresh themselves to what came before in case they’d forgotten. Though to be honest, the synopsis is no replacement for rereading the comic, especially as it is fairly sparse on details.
One thing I found interesting about the last few pages is the glimpse we’re being given into November’s childhood, and of her sisters September and August. This isn’t the first appearance for the sisters (as they appeared in the first comic), but it is the first time we’ve seen them interacting with November (or, for that matter, speaking at all). Personally, I must admit I enjoyed this glimpse at a younger November; for all that she’s the main character of the comic, we know remarkably little about her past or what it is (beyond the desire to sleep) that drives her so intently. Fortunately now that the comic has resumed, we may learn a bit more about her and what links her so closely to the Moon.