Welcome back to another comic roundup. This week I take a look at two webcomics. One story is about a new budding relationship, the other is about a kickass team of college students. Let’s get to it!
Agents Of The Realm (http://www.agentsoftherealm.com)
Mildred Louis (https://twitter.com/Froregade)
Norah Tanner is a freshman at Silvermount University. She’s shy, more than a bit of an introvert, and is just trying to get through the day as best as she can. One night after closing up at her part time job, she discovers a brooch in her pocket. Although she plans to return the jewelry she soon discovers that it contains powers that transform her in a magical girl warrior. With assistance from an ally in another dimension, Tanner finds herself to be one of five protectors of our realm. As she soon discovers, the other warriors are on the college campus as well. Mildred Louis’s webcomic is an impressive work. Anyone who has grown up with the likes of Sailor Moon, and Revolutionary Girl Utena, will find a lot to enjoy. The story looks great and continues to get better as the story progresses. Louis has a style that is unique. There’s a great animation style, with beautiful backgrounds and colors. The characters feel less like traditional stand in’s for tropes and clichés, and feel alive. With a little over a year of story available, it won’t take long to catch up to the current storyline. Agents of The Realm is a series I’ll be watching closely.
Olivia Stephens (https://twitter.com/OliveOilCorp)
Alone is a romance comic that chronicles the lives off two people. Jack is a widower who owns a diner. He visits his wife’s grave and works in his shop, when one day Sarah walks. It’s clearly love at first sight, and through a set of short stories, we witness love bloom. Jack is unsure if he’s able to move on, or if he’s even allowed to, and Sarah has her own relationship problems that she needs to sort out. However, it’s clear that these two really care for each other. Olivia Stephens makes uses some great color choices through the series. Sarah literally brings color back into Jack’s life. The aura that surrounds her works as a sort of dramatic irony. Characters can feel Sarah, but we as the viewer can see her colors on the page. Stephens also draws some great splash pages that detail the feelings one has when listening to music. More than a couple of times the story gets trippy with the visuals and it’s delightful. Alone is a mature romantic drama that looks to just be getting started. I guarantee you’ll be hooked on it like I am.