World of Webcomics: 'Outsider'

OutsiderWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.

 

Outsider can best be described as a space opera that takes a very long time to relay to readers; it only updates every now and then, but when it does, the pages are very well done with such a style and quality that make it worth the wait.  Like many other space opera plots, the human race discovers that it is not alone in the galaxy and is woefully unprepared for the realities of their newfound knowledge.  The story focuses on a single human and, in many ways, is a learning comic with very little in terms of combat (space or otherwise).  The archives are very small compared to most webcomics, and it does not take long to catch up with what has happened. If you’re waiting around for a constant update schedule, it would be best to bypass this altogether.  Outsider updates about once a month (but not always with a new comic page) at well-of-souls.com/outsider/.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

The art is spectacular and really visually appealing; it is the one thing that truly makes this comic worth waiting around for updates.  It is because of the artwork that the updates aren’t more often, as it takes the creator an excessive amount of time to create the pages (in his free time), especially when the 3D models are being rendered.  I can only imagine if he had the time and industry tools to get the art done in a faster, better fashion, he’d make a good living off of his comic creations alone.  His work is some of the best I have ever seen in my many years of webcomics reading, and that’s after looking at hundreds of comics.


Writing and Dialogue



The writing is very well done, and it shows that there was a lot of storyboarding and research done into the plot to make sure that it flowed well from panel-to-panel/page-to-page.  There isn’t an excessive amount of dialogue—which is good in this situation—since it focuses mostly on just one character, but when there is, the dialogue is given to be equal to what one would expect from a human as well as the interactions he has with the aliens he encounters.  There doesn’t seem to be an over-complication of plot and material, which would have taken away from the believability of the writing; most of the work is done on establishing where the characters are and how they got to be there (both in a physical and spiritual fashion).  Like his art style, the creator does a great job of establishing a situation that pulls people back to read the comic with his writing.


Appeal

Outsider has the ability to appeal to anyone who enjoys good storytelling and great artwork, but the target is for those who enjoy space opera plotlines.  If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Babylon 5, or Farscape, then this comic will most certainly draw your interest (more so for those who liked Farscape than the others, in my opinion).  There isn’t a lot of techno-babble, which makes it reader friendly, but there is still a sense of wonderment and awe to be gained from reading the various characters interacting with one another and unknown technology.  The great thing about it is that it doesn’t take long to reach, and you can be caught up within an hour or two at the most (supposing you have the free time), but then once you’re there, you have to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait.  This is a comic best checked only once in a while, or to reach the entirety of once every few months for a refresher; other than that, enjoy the art and writing and hope for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:53

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