World of Webcomics: 'Grrl Power'

World 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.


While the idea of a webcomic about super-powered beings is not unusual, there are very few in which one of the super-powered beings is a huge comic book geek who runs their own store. With all of the grace and social skills of a flamethrower, Sydney Scoville finds her world turned upside down when she decides to go to the bank to deposit the store’s receipts. Following her on her whirlwind adventure is very entertaining, especially considering she has no idea how she does what she does, making her the perfect person to be recruited for the government. Grrl Power updates every Monday at grrlpowercomic.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

The artwork is absolutely great, blending the feel of classic individual cel production with the new digital composites available. There are times when it really flows well, progressing from one scene to the next with very little problems, but there are also other points in which the scenes feel very cluttered and clumsy. An excessive amount of background is used, fully colored and shaded for realism, and while this does a great job of helping to show the full extent of the environment the comic covers, it makes it feel as though there’s more time spent on the background artwork than the characters and immediately relevant foreground. Character design, however, is spectacular, a great blend of casualwear much like what Sydney constantly is seen in, and more militaristic/superhero outfits the rest of the “team” sports. I especially enjoy the facial expressions shown on the characters, making it feel as though a cross between classic American styles and the well-known emotions displayed in traditional Manga.


Writing and Dialogue


The truly great thing I enjoy about this comic is the writing, the interaction between the characters, and the seemingly subtle-but-not inside jokes that concerning many aspects of geek culture. There’s a lot of conversation and dialogue in this comic, and normally that would put me off (there’s such a thing as TOO MUCH dialogue), but David Barrack does a really good job of giving what is needed to keep the comic interesting, informative, and entertaining. The subtle, sometimes dry wit of the interactions are fabulous, marking the comic as being both serious and comedic with its writing, a talent that not many are able to pull off.


Appeal

Those who enjoy comic books (especially superheroes) as well as geekish, hilarious, and seemingly awkward individuals (such as Sydney) will most definitely enjoy reading this webcomic. The main draw is certainly Sydney, the small, bookish geek girl who everyone dismisses as being without worthy of notice but can knock you onto your backside with just one shove—she’s the main reason I keep coming back to the webcomic above anything else, because finding out what she’s about is so entertaining for me. Seriously, though, if you enjoy good humor, a long-drawn out story arc that is only just beginning to get interesting (a major plus in my book), and geekish comments dropped in throughout, then you’ll love getting some Grrl Power!

 

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:31

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