Ah, it feels good to be back. I thought my triumphant return (hear those trumpets blaring in the background???) should kick off with a webcomic review. To that end, I spent several hours diving into Zukahnaut by Otty Justason and Sonya Somers.
If I had to sum this webcomic up in one word, it would be…zany. Yes, zany feels right. The comic follows an alien stranded on earth as he strives for personal redemption by helping humankind from the dangerous ‘portal’ phenomenon. The story itself is interesting and unique. The main character, Zukah, is a bit of a cliche in terms of personality (tough guy, bad jokes, eventually saves the day), but that doesn’t hold this comic back. Rather, its an element of familiarity in an otherwise unfamiliar setting.
One of my favorite elements about this webcomic is the wide use of varied panel layouts. The artists do a nice job of moving readers through scenes in interesting ways, and the strips have a very ‘traditional’ comic-book feel to them. Additionally, many panels often include little ‘Easter eggs’ if you’re looking hard enough. A joke hidden here on a sign, an unexpected object tucked into the background. It is this attention to detail that I often find lacking. The story itself is making progress, but the early strips moved at an odd pace; sometimes several would go by without drastically advancing the story, while others would represent a big leap. All in all, I look forward to seeing how this story plays out.