World of Webcomics: 'Spinnerette'

Spinnerette 1World 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.

 


Spinnerette is a lot more like print comics than webcomics, especially when you factor in the secret identity and superhero situations.  I’m rather picky about my superhero comics, and it takes a lot for me to want to continue to read something, but given that the comic focuses on someone who has Spider-like powers—a favorite of mine—this kept my interest throughout the archives and into the present.  However, unlike most print comics, it pokes fun at things a lot (kind of reminding me of Deadpool) and is more than just a superhero comic; it is a comedy, too.  The comic updates on a M-W-F schedule at spinnyverse.com.

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Art Style

The art is very indicative of both a superhero comic—with the action scenes and the setup of situations—as well as drawing some inspiration from Japanese manga.  The majority of the work is done in standard black-and-white, but the detail is so superb that even if color was added, it wouldn’t change the actual outcome of the comic panels.  It is clear that the creative team drew a lot of inspiration from superhero titles (especially Spider-Man), and they page-and-panel it along the same lines of a print comic’s limit (which no doubt makes it easier for selling the printed version).  If it wasn’t for the Spider powers that this comic relies upon—as well as the many references to DC and Marvel superheroes as in-continuity discussion—then I could see this as being a strictly print comic, but I’m glad it isn’t, so I can see the pretty drawings on the web.


Writing and Dialogue



As stated above, the comic is very much a superhero comic, and the writings utilizes that extensively, including the ever-dreadful inner monologue, the clichéd supervillains, and the over-the-top team-up action between cooperating heroes.  However, because it relies so much on the superhero genre to fill it out, the writing and dialogue can become so predictable that it can become laughable to read. That isn’t to say that there aren’t a lot of good aspects to the writing—in fact, there are several, especially the very complex and sympathetic background of at least one of the characters—but it sometimes can feel as though I’m reading a Marvel comic book.  It is obviously the intention of the creative team to make that connection, but, sometimes, it is too much to handle for even the most avid comic reader (of both print and web).


Appeal

Because of the extensive superhero influences of the comic, Spinnerette most appeals to those who have an interest in superheroes and their day-to-day lives (especially those who like Spider-Man’s life difficulties).  There are obviously some differences from print comics that make this piece more appealing—not having to wait weeks for the next installment of the storyline—but there are also a lot of downsides, too.  Generally, anyone who likes a complex (but not complicated) storyline, flawed heroes, and comedy/action in general will enjoy reading this comic, but be aware that with great superpowers come great marketability, and you’ll see such in the comic and its website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:50

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