Necropolis, Just Wow!

I had read about this series on a few websites, but was very hesitant to give it a read. The title, to me, indicated a type of horror story. This, however, was not the case. The story is a revenge tale and over a year in the making. The artwork is absolutely incredible and the writing is some of the best I have seen through out the world of webcomics.

Anyone who has read the Watchmen graphic novel will feel very familiar in the panels of necropolis. The series is by Jake Wyatt, and his art is very reminiscent of Dave Gibbons, the artist for the Watchmen. The characters are detailed and the colors are slightly muted giving the story and over all melancholy feel. Anyone who is a fan of gibbons works will likely come to love this story.

My favorite part of this tale, by far, is the writing. Each description is detailed and poetic, reminiscent of a good book. The writing sucks you in and keeps you wanting more. It is hard to come by a quotable piece in the world of comic books and webcomics, but this piece is just that. Definitely give this story a read if you have time, I have posted a link to the on going story below. As always, Enjoy!

Link to Necropolis: http://necropoliscomic.tumblr.com/post/118905492171/prologue

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Birdboy, the Origin of a Hero.

Hey guy’s to day I wanted to talk about a great, ongoing, series I just learned about. Birdboy by Anne Szabla, is a truly wonderful and inventive tale. The series has great elements of myth and legend, which bring to mind old Native American tales. The story itself is an organ story following the adventures of a young hero named Bali.

Ever since marvel started their cinematic universe, origin stories have been all the rage. personally in terms of comic books, I love a good origin story. A character is nothing with out there background to guide them. In terms of origin stories, this one is top notch. The tale focuses on a young, but adventurous, boy finding the courage to grow. Set in a tribal setting, the tale has aspect of great mythical beasts and magical wonder.

The art for this particular series is incredible. Any one who is a fan of Jim Lee’s work will feel right at home. the colors used are vibrant and lively. The characters are cute but also tough. Its clear that Szalba is very skilled at her craft, and every panel stands as a testament to that fact.

If your looking for a good read before the fall semester I highly suggest giving this series a read. A link for the series can be found below. Thanks for the read, and as always, Enjoy!

Link to Birboy:

http://bird-boy.com/comic/volume-i-the-sword-of-mali-mani/

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The Perfect Cross Between Web and Print Comics

Hey guys, so todays post is all about a webcomic series I just found out about. So far this has got to be the best webcomic I have found. I must admit I am a little biased though… and you’ll find out why in a second.

JL8 is a webcomic series created by Yale Stewart and it follows the adventures of the classic DC comic book characters, with one major twist. JL8 reimagines many characters like batman, superman, and other famous DC stars, as eight year old children. The series follows the children through various adventures in school. I happen to be a huge DC fan (there is the bias I was talking about) and love this idea.

The stories stay very true to the characters and the source material. Batman is a bit of a trouble maker, superman a good-ol-boy, and green lantern loves space. The series itself is  focused on humor, so if your looking for something a little more action heavy this might not be the best choice for you. But if your looking for an interesting and highly entertaining twist on some classic characters, than definitely give this series a read.

The artwork is amazing! The characters are adorable, and the colors are vibrant. I can’t praise this series enough. Take it from me and go check it out.

I’ve including a link to the series webpage below; Enjoy!

http://limbero.org/jl8/1

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Minimalism and Comedy… Check out XKCD!

So this post is a little different than what I usually do, but I stumbled across this on going series and just had to share it. The webcomic is called XKCD, and although it is not a continuous story like most of the webcomics I have reviewed, it is still deeply entertaining. Each comic is self contained to one or a few panels. The series focuses mostly on geek and nerd culture humor.

What I really find interesting about this series is the minimalist approach to the art, each week. The series is done almost exclusively using stick figures. You maybe wondering, doesn’t this take away from the value of the comic? My response is, no, absolutely not! The minimalist design actually adds to the value of the web series. The minimalist art form often emphasizes the gag or joke being explored in each addition. This series really high lights what it means to be a webcomic, in my opinion. A series that is drawn using only stick figures would find it very difficult to be published in the world of print comics,  but on the internet, this type of work is right at home.

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(As physics jokes go, it doesn’t get much better than that, in my book.)

Each addition to the series is full of humor, that many with a geeky side will find very satisfying. Some of the comics are actually very informative, and a few(if I’m being honest here) even went way over my head; but that is the joy of educated/nerdy humor! Check out the series at the link below!

Side note: This comic has a tendency to use the Alt-text function, so be sure to mouse over each panel for added commentary or explanation.

XKCD:

https://www.xkcd.com

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