In the remotest reaches of Central Asia a minor god is chained to a mountainside. Tongues follows his friendship with the eagle who comes everyday to eat his liver, a young girl on an errand of murder and a young man with a teddy bear strapped to his back lost in a wilderness and heading to a crossroads.
Tongues is loosely based on a trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, of which two plays are lost and only dimly reconstructed by historians. Key to the story of Tongues is Prometheus’ role as creator and protector of humanity. In flashbacks and in Prometheus’ conversations with the eagle and others, the book will touch on humanity’s deep evolutionary past and its complicated prospects for a future. Tongues is both adventure story and meditation on human nature in our present fraught historical moment.
The second issue of Tongues rounds out the primary cast with the introduction of a handsome, malevolent young swan. It also features a bit of backstory for our orphaned protagonist Astrid, including some violent and peculiar visions about her near future; and the ever-hapless Teddy Roosevelt falls further into his own strange troubles. And Prometheus and the Eagle play chess.
Tongues will be serialized in large-format full-color comics and self-published over the next few years by the artist himself, making it his most ambitious work to date.
“It’s more than just pretty to look at, of course. Nilsen’s episodes bewilder and engage the reader, building to climaxes that are wryly humorous or downright sinister—-and often both funny and sinister. Nilsen’s inventive register in Tongues though shows an artist surpassing any anxiety of influence. We have here the promise of something original, strange, and engaging. I can’t wait to see what happens next.” — Edwin Turner, The Comics Journal
48 page black and white tabloid
No Miracles Press, 2018