Soundtrack-driven graphic novel that doesn’t disappoint

The iPad has always been seen as a great platform for art, with comic-books and graphic novels starting to find their way onto iOS on a regular basis. Stricken is something new, but is more than enough to keep fans of David Fincher style dark drama happy.

The best way to enjoy Stricken is to plug in your headphones, as the story is heavily reliant on its soundtrack for setting the mood and building tension, which it does well on both counts. Set in the miserable city of Mosstown, Stricken tells the story of a police detective on the trail of a sadistic killer. The interface allows you to fully immerse yourself in the story, as you can zoom in on different cells on each page, and swipe in order to turn the page at your own pace.

The zoom function allows you to fully appreciate the fantastic artwork, with the colours perfectly weighted to look realistic, but at the same time maintain its hand-drawn charm. Nowhere is this more evident than in the opening few pages, where the bright police lights are beautifully contrasted with the rain and dark streets of Mosstown, having the effect of making the pictures look almost photographic. It’s a great way to get you hooked. The only downside is that as of going to press, only Chapter One of the Stricken story is available to download, so you’ll have to be patient to find out how the story ends.

That being said, if you’re willing to wait between all the various updates, then you should enjoy what is an atmospheric and rewarding experience as well as an innovative step for comics on the iPad.

Rated 4 out of 5

Dark and gruesome, with a great soundtrack and artwork, Stricken is a feast for the senses.