The second of three volumes of Marnie Galloway’s In The Sounds and Seas has arrived, and it is as beautiful and enigmatic as the first. In this volume, our three characters, the boat builder, the object gatherer (with her magical suitcases), and their navigator embark on their voyage across the seas to find their creation.
If you thought the first volume’s art was breath-taking, you’re going to need a ventilator in order to read this comic. In meticulous detail, every object has a texture and a weight to it. Volume two also carries a stronger emotional weight to it: the navigator literally connects herself to the vessel she leads, by having her hair braided with the ship’s lines, we get glimpses of the ship-builder’s reluctance to leave her home for this journey, and a dark omen at the end of this chapter leaves us with the dreaded sense that maybe none of them should have embarked on this journey.