Category: Comics

Webcomics Recs

Hey everyone!

There’s a yearly webcomics battle going on right now. There’s too many to read all at once, so the best option is to just read whatever’s opposite something you want to vote for. (It requires facebook to vote but doesn’t seem to care how old the account is, so if that’s an issue you can easily make a dummy account. Or, if your favorite webcomic is losing, a few dozen.)

Anyway, since that’s on we’re going to have a recs post now. Webcomics are free in every way except time, so these range from those I absolutely love to those I found enjoyable enough.
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Crossed #1, or a word of warning about comics

(Contains gore and rape. If you’re at all bothered by that, or possess a sense of taste in general, you should probably skip this one.)

I want to do a recommendations post on non-manga comics, and while I was writing up my opening caveats, I realized it couldn’t really express how, while 90% of everything may be shit, comics plumbs certain depths within that you don’t see much elsewhere. That you would not expect to see elsewhere. That basic sanity would tell you simply would not exist. There are many great comics, but you absolutely do not want to just dive in on your own.

For example. Crossed is a zombie-styled comic in the modern infectious vein. People gain a cross-shaped rash over their faces and turn into monsters who, as usual, prefer to tear into the uninfected rather than each other. Unusually…

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Lavender Legend

So, I just read this webcomic called Lavender Legend. It’s about the very serious maid of a bubbly but lonely princess who’s forbidden to ever even lay eyes on a man. She likes to hear about the maids’ love lives, give them cute uniforms, etc, while serious maid just wants to seriously do her job, isn’t interested in romance and hates the frilly stuff. (more…)

Baltimore (Comics, it’s the character’s name.) The Plague Ships

One of the things I’ve realized about myself is I don’t make good choices in media. And I mean much worse than the part where I’m running a blog dissecting terrible books.

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like the idea of zombies and apocalypses and horror. Unfortunately, I’m not a gore fan, I’m a story fan, which means I am pretty much continually disappointed. The fact I tend not to find anything good just makes me keep looking.

Which leads us to reading this comic. It’s about vampires, which have an even poorer track record in comics than zombies. But, it’s about Europe being devastated by plague and the vampires picking over the carcass. Plague makes for a generally great apocalypse and I really love the idea of monsters springing up right when it looks like we might not make it already. Really grinds the hopelessness in. And as it develops, they go with the quite serviceable idea that the vampires and/or mass plague deaths are serving to wake up or spontaneously generate new horrors, which in turn generates more fear and death, which generates new horrors, because the idea the horror generation can be exponential is great.

But…while it’s on the competently executed side of things, it is very much competently done comics, with all the usual caveats this involves. Namely, I sure hope no one picked this book up for the women, and I hope you’ll find it entertaining watching a guy mowing down vampires that seem to have the durability of sponge cake as our supposed threat. (I will credit the comic as mostly focusing the suspense on other aspects, like if he’ll be in the right place to mow down vampires before they kill people, but it still has pages upon pages of fight scenes where he is obviously in no danger.) (more…)

Magnus, Robot Fighter – Introduction

Scans Daily posted some pages of this mess that had to do with the Bechdel test, then, being generally unreliable, proceed to not understand the Bechdel test and defend sexism, because they’re a progressive comm like that.

(They also kept up the Mako Mori test bullshit. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT MAKO MORI. The fact your fun robot movie flunked the test because it had no other female characters even speak on camera is not a sign you need to write an entirely new test that boils down to a different yes/no question about the portrayal of women, but removes the ability to objectively measure it in return for making it so only a few types of characters can ever pass, because wahh it’s being mean to Pacific Rim precious baby movie has precious feelings!) (more…)

Magnus, Robot Fighter #1

Right, so, let’s go back in time to the beginning of Magnus, ROBOT FIGHTER! for some context. Surely context will show how great this is.

 

 

Doesn’t look too bad, right? He’s talking about an important work of literature and how bad that time black people were enslaved was. Okay, a little focused on just “being enslaved is bad” with no mention of race but hey, take a few lines out of any discussion of literature and it’s going to seem like it’s too focused on one thing and missing the other ones, right? He’s totally not thinking this is all about him or anything. (more…)

Heroic Legends of the Modern Age: The Flash

Hello again, everyone!

So, at first I thought of doing the opposite of what Farla’s been doing: instead of presenting all the awful things that comic book writers and artists do, I’d present good comics. But then I realized that was a silly proposition – I could present good comics (or good things by bad comics), but that doesn’t negate the fact that the comics industry as a whole has some deeply ingrained issues regarding gender, race, a general fear and hatred of changes and, well, a whole lot of things.

However, while re-reading The Flash, volume 2, I was struck by lightning (appropriately enough) and decided to go on a different direction: a brief discussion on how the characterisation of super-heroes and the genre as a whole has changed over the years. To help keep things brief, I’ll focus solely on the Flash, specifically the aforementioned second volume, but much of what I’ll be addressing can be applied to other characters.
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