Summer in the US has arrived, so we here at Webcomics Weekly thought we’d cool off with a nice scoop of “Dr. Frost”, a large, cold “Soulwinder” and a small cold bowl of “Maybe Meant to Be”. Come hang out with us by the Webcomics Pool. The water is nice and cool.
‘Eggshells’ (4) – (5)
By Jongbeom Lee
Reviewed by Elias Rosner
Lee is just dropping telltale bombs left and right right now. Not only does it seem like Frost has a childhood connected to Moon, but Moon’s right-hand man seems to be his younger brother?? It’s wild! I don’t know if I like the way everyone starts to connect that way, but that’s the way of stories like these. If there were no links, it would seem a little too much like a coincidence. At the same time, I really wish things were a bit more random. Uh, that’s life.
These two chapters of ‘Eggshells’ are excellent but lack substance. They’re working interstitial chapters, defining what’s next in the arc, and in that regard, Lee does very well. The Moon reveal is juicy when you think about it, and Lee portrays it with his usual brilliance. I especially love how Frost’s memories are represented by a rusty deadbolt slowly opening. Neglected and forgotten, it doesn’t take much to start letting them out.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about these two chapters. I would like us to focus more on Seonga and keep things focused on her instead of back and forth between her and Frost. I think it would have allowed the story to be more focused and tense. I keep thinking about the way Naoki Urasawa paces his manga, especially “Monster”. He’ll spend chapters, if not entire volumes, on characters that aren’t our primary role in order to expand on them and develop the larger story. It’s excellent and I think it could have been put to good use here.
Still, what we got is still good stuff, but not easy to assess on its own. It is a bigger part of a whole and very good in itself. We’ll see if the next two shake things up further.
Maybe meant to be
Written by Honeyskein
Illustrated by damcho
Reviewed by Michael Mazzzacane
After taking a graduation seminar on the romantic comedy genre, I learned a thing or two. Like God, I really hate the banal heterosexist formula that underlies the genre. But also, man, I really like RomComs. This could be a solution to Einstein’s madness theory.
The configuration of “Perhaps meant to be” is well known, in order to escape the societal eye and the pressures to be unmarried, to procreate and to commit to advancing the state at the micro level, two people decide to enter into a sham marriage. This is the case of Jia Han and Mincheol Jin, two former neighbor children who followed divergent paths but found themselves freelancing (read: unemployed) in their early thirties. This setup has a long history, and in the end, their sham marriage will likely lead to a negotiated – seemingly subversive – position in response to claiming to do all the things I mentioned above. The Honeyskein creative team and damchor’s execution of this negotiation, however, interested me enough to see it through.
There’s a well-known reflexive gag at the start of “Invincible” in which Robert Kirkman and Cory Walke poke fun at the stretching of narratives and moments in superhero comics by repeating the same image 3-4 panels of in a row. A similar kind of repeating image gag occurs in damcho’s art early on as it captures the growing frustration Jia feels at having to do all the work and the guilt used to justify being turned into Cinderella. . While the formatting of the tape itself is nothing special, the way it captures comic timing is nothing short of excellent. Throughout the tape, the creative teams’ ability to make the timing work compensates for the generic qualities of the tape.
The honeymoon experience between the two is particularly varied in terms of rhythms. From their night together in the sequel, the anxieties of what’s expected of them that night, and the revelation of a double meaning at work and a visual gag that shows them alive as Lucy and Ricky. If there’s a minor issue so far, it’s how central Jia’s point of view is to the strip, it turns Mincheol into a weird, walking gag of a nerd fitness freak who’s oddly handsome and yet single and unemployed. There’s more to his trauma and these early tapes don’t do much to uncover it. But it is a trauma that I would like to explore.
For all the generic aspects of another rom-com that, despite all its protests, makes the same moves as other rom-coms, this one’s comedic timing is worth reviewing for humor and wit. technical execution.
Illustrated by android_k05
Produced and written by Lynk
Music composed by Michael Dang
3D models created by Yo
Flattened and Composed by Shindras
Created by WmW
Reviewed by Mel Lake
In a steampunk-like world, a giant tower with a wind-up clock powers everything in town and is maintained by a single girl. That’s the central conceit of “Soulwinder,” a new webtoon comic with five episodes currently available. Each episode is accompanied by a musical score and background sound effects.
The gadget in the tower is called “The Contraption”, an apt name for a device that has yet to have an in-world explanation. It’s unclear if the townspeople know or care about the workings of their magical power source, but they care a great deal about maintaining electricity and the mysterious earthquakes sometimes caused by its mechanical failures. At the head of the clock tower is “Lyllian”, a girl with pink hair who seems to be at home in a seinen anime. She wields a giant wrench-like tool, which I realize sounds a little risky when I type that sentence. Nathan, a guy who seems interested in dating Lyllian but doesn’t have many redeeming qualities other than his ability to wreak havoc, tries to help her figure out what’s causing the tower to malfunction, to no avail. After a mysterious stranger shows up and threatens them, Lyllian finds Nathan dead in his apartment, murdered by a tool that looks suspiciously like his own.
What first drew me to “Soulwinder” was the steampunk aesthetic and character design. The designs are fun indeed, though your mileage will vary depending on whether it’s enough to lure you into a new series. When I found out that every episode came with music, I thought I’d just turn the volume down and ignore it. Instead, I found the background music quite enjoyable. During a crowd scene, the creators have incorporated some soft background crowd noises that are just enough to add ambiance to the scene without distracting from the comic book content. Is this part of a larger trend with creators on webtoon adding bells and whistles to make their comics stand out in a cluttered content landscape? It could be. But this is the first time I’ve seen a band use background music effectively throughout, not just as a complement to certain scenes or episodes.
As of episode three, we’ve only just reached the inciting incident phase of the story, so it remains to be seen where Lyllian’s journey will go. I’m not sure I’m convinced that critical infrastructure in this world would be maintained by just a young girl, but maybe that’s not as far-fetched as you might think. And that gives Lyllian the motivation to keep the tower running at all costs since it’s her duty as the only clock. The tagline for “Soulwinder” is “don’t calm down,” but the creative team has yet to tie that phrase to the story or characters. “Soulwinder” has a lot of potential but needs time for the story to find its legs.