Okage: Shadow King


Bill Sienkiewicz 1985: The New Mutants #31
Color: Glynis Oliver

Sienkiewicz’s final issue of interiors for New Mutants. He left us with an astonishingly grotesque obese incarnation of Karma, possessed by the Shadow King, who was missing in action since the earliest issues of New Mutants.

This was so heartbreaking to me: I remembered Karma from her first appearance in the awesome Marvel Team-Up #100 by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller (If you haven’t read it, seek it out. Seriously.)

That it affected me so intensely is credit to Sienkiewicz’s art.

Been really wanting to tackle this odd little RPG again! From Wikipedia: Okage: Shadow King, known in Japan as Boku to Maō (ボクと魔王 Boku to Maō?, literally “Me and the Devil King”), is a role-playing video game developed by Zener Works and co-developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released on March 15, 2001 in Japan, and October 3, 2001 in North America, exclusively for the PlayStation 2.