One of the biggest gaps in my knowledge of contemporary comics is anything and everything related to webcomics. There’s always stuff to read on my bookshelf, so I often don’t even try diving into the world of online words and pictures. I read a few: Hope Larson’s Solo, Abby Howard’s Junior Scientist Power Hour, Ngozi Ukazu’s Check Please, the latter of which I started only after a sternly worded email from Yash.
But that’s still only three out of hundreds in existence. This made me realize that it’s high time I educate myself about webcomics. You may ask “Yuriy, what’s the healthiest and most efficient way of educating yourself?” Well, I’m going to use the best method around! I will guilt myself into it! I’m going to promise the nice readers of The Book Wars that I’ll spotlight 1 webcomic every month, and the fear of letting even one person down will keep me going. Deal? Deal! Today marks the beginning of Yuriy’s Webcomic Corner.
The inaugural edition of my new column is about O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti.
The webcomic launched at the beginning of 2012 and is still ongoing. The story begins with Alastair Sterling, an inventor who wakes up to find himself in a robot body that is an exact copy of his old human one. Alastair is then picked up by a couple of robots and taken to the house of Brendan Pinsky, his old partner. Their meeting, however, leaves Alastair with more questions than before. The main one being why Brendan lives with a girl who looks exactly like Alastair.
What impressed me the most in my read-through of the comic’s 50 or so pages is the confidence with which Blue Delliquanti tells the story. Debut comics can often be overwritten, but Delliquanti is able to let the art speak for itself. A fair chunk of the first chapter has either very little or no dialogue at all. It’s simple and clean storytelling that is a pleasure to read. This, of course, would not be possible if not for Delliquanti’s wonderful art that has the chops to convey everything we need to know without the aid of dialogue.
O Human Star is not a kids comic due to occasional adult content, mostly mild nudity, but, according to the author, it should be suitable for readers ages 16 and up. O Human Star is a well-made webcomic with an original look at gender that also includes all sorts of robots. Is there really anything else you could want?
See you in January, when I make myself (and you) read my first webcomic of 2017!