As a general principle, I’ve stayed away from reviewing some of the more popular webcomics that are out there, mostly because I’ve always liked the prospect that my reviews help others discover something they might not have come across on their own. But, The Meek was suggested to me, and after diving into the archive, I couldn’t help putting ‘pen’ to ‘paper.’
Der-shing Helmer has put together an impressive piece of work. If you have yet to check out this comic, I suggest you stop reading immediately and go do so. Right now. Go. I’ll wait. You can read what I think when you get back.
I’m not even sure where to begin. Art, amazing. Concept, unique. Dialogue, quirky yet believable. Characters, complex yet relate-able. Even though the visual were impressive when the comic launched, things have actually gotten better over time. Coloring, shading, line work – there is a clear and steady progression that is impressive to say the least. Panels are widely varied, with some incredible use of split panels, ‘white-space,’ and other creative surprises that blow many contemporaries out of the water in terms of variation and visual interest. Action scenes are balanced by stark solo or character reflection. There’s flash-backs and premonitions and twists and turns abound. And the story; I simply couldn’t stop reading. I went through the entire archive and was left craving more. Could I possibly gush about anything else? I think I’ve covered it all.
Having said all that, there were actually a few things that took away from the experience. I noticed some gaps in the frequency of posting. Not a huge deal, but something to note before you get hooked. Also, as incredible as the story is, with each passing chapter, I kept wanting to get back to the characters from chapter 1, almost desperately so. For whatever reason, they were the most interesting to me, and I had to get through chapters 2 and 3 to get back to that part of the story. Luckily, I read everything in one sitting. But, if the story progresses this slowly moving forward (chapter 1 debuted in 2009…) I’m not sure what will happen to my interest level. These obviously aren’t huge detractors, just something that struck me when I started to write.
If you still haven’t left to check out this fantastic webcomic, I am not sure how much more praise it would take to convince you it will be well worth your while.
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