Salutations friends! I know I haven’t been posting many reviews or reading a lot of major new releases lately. However, I wanted to share some of the amazing webcomics I’ve been obsessed with lately! These are just a few of the webcomics I’ve been falling in love with and no where near the actual number of webcomics I’ve fallen head-over-heels for. I hope you enjoy this quick little article and give these webcomics a chance!
Greetings readers! I hope you all have been doing well, staying healthy, and enjoying the little things! I’m so excited because I’m finally typing up an article I have been dying to create and share with all of you. While in the book community many readers know me for fantasy reading and books that don’t often get the attention they deserve, things are a bit different outside of the book community. In my personal life especially among my friends, I’m known for the manga, graphic novels/comics, and zoology books I tend to pick up.
Often, I don’t share the personal side of myself too much. Manga, I’ve been more open about that since coming into the book community, but the others… well I tend to keep that under lock and key. So, I wanted to be more unapologetically myself around all of you and in this community. So I thought to myself, what better way to do that than share all the web comics I’ve been falling in love with?! And today is the day! So I hope you all enjoy and check these web comics out, support the creators, and maybe fall in love with them too!
I think that covers all the web comics I’ve been reading a lot recently! I know I didn’t list the synopsis for all of them, but I want that to encourage you to go check out these web comics for yourself and decide if you want to read them or not. I hope you enjoyed this article, as well! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I’m so happy to finally be sharing it with all of you. Do you have a favorite web comic? Please, oh please let me know! I love discovering new web comics! Until next time, I hope your month is filled with love and good reading! I love you! 💙
Other creators involved in the making of this manga include: Translating by Adrienne Beck and Lettering by Lys Blakeslee
Content/Trigger Warning: Violence, decapitation,implicationof the elderly being expendable, survival of the fittest themes.
“I neither know nor care what you want, monster. Nor do I care what you intend to do. But I will not allow you to come near this girl.”
In a world that’s divided in two; The Inside and The Outside, we find mortals fighting to survive from the Cursed Ones and the Cursed Ones searching for souls. But in this divided world we follow Teacher and Shiva as they navigate this chaotic world by themselves. In the first volume we left Shiva and Teacher right after Shiva went looking for her Auntie only to be greeted by armed soldiers. That wasn’t all we left the oddly couple to deal with. Just when we thought this pair may have a break to recover from the traumatic events, an unexpected visitor descends upon their cottage. Enter a fantasy realm shrouded with mystery and dark twists in this fairy tale-like setting.
I have to admit, Volume One left off on such an unexpected note. If you haven’t read the first volume or checked out my review for it, stop what you’re doing, go read the first volume and read my review for Volume One! However, if you have read the first volume and even read a few reviews (whether it’s mine or not) then keep reading this review because there’s lots of details for me to spill…once again!
Volume two picks up right where we left our two main characters in Volume One. Shiva had just experienced a terribly traumatic situation and Teacher came to her rescue, protecting her from any possible harm. However, Shiva was struggling to recover from such a highly stressful and horrifying experience. Just when we think our odd pair will get a break to recover from this situation, the unexpected happens and an unwelcome visitor finds themselves in the chambers that belong to a recovering Shiva. To say this guest is highly unwelcome would be an understatement and we get to see first hand just how far Teacher is willing to go to protect the mortal girl after the unimaginable happens. And soon it seems like all of Teacher’s worst fears are beginning to come true!
I loved this volume. Just like the first volume, it’s rich with atmospheric fantasy and dark horror. I mentioned this before in my review of the first volume, but this series reminds me of The Ancient Magus Bride. Even though this book is an increasing sense of foreboding regarding—again, as in the above stories–a vulnerable little girl in peril with some protector to either save her or keep her safe. I enjoy these type of stories so much due to the fact that the girls in these two manga maintain some form of independence and make their own choices. Outside of this, the world building is remarkable. Though we only get bits and pieces of the area that they’re living in, this volume expands on what the first volume delivers to us. In all honesty, it’s freaking gorgeous! They still live in that cottage just outside of the abandoned village near the woods and who would have known there’s a giant lake in the dead center on this forest! The setting is stunning and the artwork is so damn stylish! It makes me want to live where they live!
“Shiva. Shiva. Soul with a name. Who gave your soul back to you? Tell me when next we meet.”
My most favorite thing about this volume is that we learn so much more about the way Teacher and Shiva interact with each other and see how deeply they care for one another. Even though Teacher is this demonic like beast, he deeply cares about Shiva, her well being, and considers her feelings to such a deep and emotional level that it ends up causing Shiva to worry. In response, Shiva wants to make him happy and cheer him up. Even in the beginning when The Outsider and Teacher were fighting, Shiva was genuinely concerned for Teacher’s safety and whether or not he was hurt. Shiva cares so much about Teacher that she doesn’t want him to get sick and even sews up the rip in his jacket. This leads to my favorite moment of Shiva teaching Teacher how to sew. We even get a little section in the back of this manga about Shiva showing and explaining sewing to Teacher. It’s the cutest thing in the world! Not only do we get to see this side to them and see how connected the two of them are to one another, we also see how they individually respond to outside characters. Prime example, when they go to look for the The Outsider that entered their home, we each get a little snippets of both of their point-of-views and then see how the two of them interact. Even as they leave the lake, Teacher doesn’t spare a second thought and begins to leave while as Shiva turns around and waves goodbye to the creatures. I find it fascinating how they’re not only two different “species”, but how their personalities are so different yet mesh so well together!
And those twists and turns! Holy smoke! Okay, okay, I’ll calm down, but when I say some of these little twist come out of nowhere, I felt like I was getting knocked off a horse! Between the details we find out while Teacher is with the other Outside creatures and then that whole ending, I thought my heart was going to stop. These dang volume keep ending on cliffhangers and I’m just going to end up going crazy for not knowing what’s going to happen next! Not only that, but I have so many questions! Where did the Curse come from? Was The Teacher also human before he became a Cursed One? Why The Teacher is unaware of his own origin when the other Cursed Ones seem to be in the know? Will we ever get to see more of that book I talked about in my Volume One review? What will Teacher do when Shiva is no longer with him? And more importantly, will the little girl be alright after she returns to the human society? But also, will Shiva end up abandoning human society to rejoin Teacher?! These are things I need answers to right now!
Most of all, Shiva is just a truly pure and precious gift in this manga series. In volume one she has a very pure and hopefulness that ends up washing over into this volume. She’s just so sweet, innocent, pure, and yes, naive too. But she is absolutely incredible. Even though in the first volume Teacher advises her not to go anywhere, she believes with all her heart that the armed men are good people. Even ion this volume, she doesn’t see Teacher is a negative light after what happens in the beginning of this book. She still genuinely cares about him and takes an interest in him. She doesn’t even give it a second thought when going to find the Outsider who invaded their home. She even refers to the other outside creatures as dogs because of their forms, but she doesn’t see them as a threat or a danger. She has a very beautiful soul when it comes to viewing things and it’s just a wonderful thing to see especially in a dark fantasy read like this manga series. And before I get off this topic, when Shiva describes her Auntie to Teacher and how she hopes one day she can introduce the two of them…my heart nearly went into cardiac arrest because it was the cutest and purest thing I have ever read in a long time! I need more moments like this between her and Teacher. They’re so pure, so light, and so heart-warming!
“She’s soooooooooooo nice Teacher! She’s really, really good at cooking and sewing! She knows EVERYTHING about flowers. Plus, she knows every story! All of them!”
My only true issues I had with this volume was the violence in front of a child and then how near the end of the book, not only were they using an elderly person as bait, but it was also implied that she was expendable. For starters, children seeing fighting/arguing is one thing, but this took it to the next level of nearly over killing the person of conflict and decapitating them. These are things a child should not have to see and I’m surprised it wasn’t addressed at a later time. We get to a point where Shiva goes into a emotional fit literally begging Teacher to stop because she can’t take it anymore. The decapitation was one thing, but then it went to full on over kill. I’m just not a fan of extra unnecessary trauma being inflicted onto a child, even if it was indirectly. I get the over killing was coming from a place of love, care, defense, and wanting to protect Shiva, but I definitely think it did more harm than good. And secondly, I definitely think things could have been worded differently when it came to stating the elderly woman was expendable. I found this was absolutely unnecessary to be added especially when it stated “better her than us”. Wording things by saying, “better her than us” is a lot more forgiving than saying “if things go wrong, think of her as expendable”. It makes you wonder if it’s going to be a common theme in this series of using the elderly as bait. The main reason this is such an issue for me is, not only through literature, but also through gaming and even through history there has been that theme of “survival of the fittest” and while it can make for an interesting read at times, I don’t think it’s necessary to keep enforcing the theme of everyone else who isn’t the fittest is expendable. It’s something that doesn’t sit right with me and it’s one of those things that never will sit right with me. And I most definitely think this one little part could have been reworded better or just removed completely instead of reinforcing that whole cycle of “survival of the fittest”.
Overall, this volume nearly shattered me. It was so good and once again I feel like I need to rush to the book store and get the next volume! The world is so magically built and the characters make you fall in love with them, get attached, and you find yourself rooting for them to pull through all this chaos! With so many questions left unanswered, I’m eager to obtain the next volume! If you don’t mind dark fantasy reads tangled and laced with mystery, heart-warming moments, some horror, and too many damn cliffhangers and questions then you need to pick this series up! I haven’t heard many people talking about this manga series so let me be a first to tell you that this series is worth the read! And if you find yourself planning your spooky October TBR list earlier than you expected, then you better add this one to your list because it’s giving me the chills!
Other creators involved in the making of this comic include: Inking by Rich Koslowski, Letters by Jack Morelli, and Coloring by Digikore Studios
Content/Trigger Warning: Toxic jealousy and obsession
For fans of the original Archie comics and for lovers of Riverdale, we finally get a designated comic about Valerie and Archie! A long awaited book and romance away from the traditional feud between Betty & Veronica over Archie-kins! We join all the original gang; Bettey, Archie, Jugghead, Veronica, with appearances of Reggie, the Pussycat Dolls, Dilton, Cheryl Blossom, and a cameo with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. We follow the classic love triangle between our three favorite characters, but get rocked like never before when Valerie shows up to shake things up! Archie and Val aren’t the only ones getting close and cozy in this graphic novel. Get ready for some major lovin’ happening as we dive into the Riverdale realm once again!
“With Valerie’s family in Riverdale, she’ll have even more reason to be here! Closer to our Archie!”
Growing up, the Archie comics were one of my go-to reads! I remember every weekend my mother and I would go out early to the store to pick up some things and I would grab one of the comics at checkout! Now that I’m older, I’ve been hit with a terrible case of nostalgia and really wanted to pick up an Archie comic once again. However, revisiting old memories and sacred childhood books has always been like flipping a coin. It can go fifty-fifty with me either loving it like I always did or I end up in shock and completely disliking it. I find myself hesitant to admit this, but for once, I’m not in love with an Archie comic.
Now don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of aspects of this comic that I really enjoyed. The artwork of this comic is absolutely gorgeous just as I remember the comics use to be. They’re bright, pop with life, and draw the reader to each page. If I had to choose a world that I wanted to live in, this would be one of the worlds I would want to be a part of! Plus, it really gives off a homely old time vibe which is so nostalgic for me as I come from a small town. It really gives me a piece of home that I miss deeply. And a side note, the added sketches in the back were an amazing bonus that had me in love!
This comic also gives interracial relationship representation. Of course we have Archie and Valerie, but the author also gave us the relationship between Betty and Trev (Valerie’s brother). I love that we got to have two relationships out of this book, but I also love the fact that we got the interracial couples representation that isn’t too often talked about in books. I also love the fact that both relationships felt very sincere and in some senses, realistic. The author really put in the method of supporting one another while building the relationship between Val and Archie as well as Trev and Betty. Although, there were times where it felt too lovey dovey to the point of pushing the line between realistic and unrealistic relationships. Plus, seeing that cute and adorable musical family dynamic was such a blessing. I was absolutely in love with that added content! Although, I wasn’t a particular fan of adding the “child star” element into this story and it turned me off from the whole family dynamic as a whole.
“Well this show might be ending, but our new adventure is just beginning! We’re starting our own music school!”
I even loved the way the author ended this comic. The author really added that life lesson of”living in the now instead of the future” wisdom. Out of this whole book, this stuck out to me the most because it’s such great wisdom that isn’t too often acted out or even thought about in the world today. It felt like a nice reminder and refresher to stop and smell the flowers , to just take in everything that happening right now instead of having your mind far too ahead to see what’s in front of the face. It was such a great and sweet way to end this comic.
Unfortunately, even with all these there were a lot of things I had issues with and things that made it really hard to love this graphic novel as a whole. As a fan of the original comics and being familiar with how a lot of them played out, this comic definitely felt it was lacking or habits that were hard to get into.
My biggest issue I had with this comic was the plot. Most Archie comics were always plot driven or had a story-line to it. However, there was no real plot to this graphic novel. The beginning starts off strong, but that’s where it ends. After the whole “what if Archie was married” concept into the graphic novel (which wasn’t bad at first), but the author took into into a whole spin of “what if Archie was married to X” plots. At this point, it became super easy to lose interest in it and to become detached from anything happening to the characters. As I said previously, the ending was sweet and ended with some wisdom, but outside of the first chapter and the last two pages of the ending, everything in the entire middle was lacking.
Also, the way this cover is design definitely gives off the wrong impression. I had originally picked up this comic thinking this was going to be a romantic backstory of how Valerie and Archie got into a relationship, how they fell in love, etc…, but this isn’t the case. Even the synopsis is very vague and implies how their relationship came to be. However, the contents of this graphic novel aren’t based off a backstory. It starts out like it’s building to a backstory, but the actual “story-line” doesn’t lead into any history between Archie and Val.
Another issue I had with this comic was the way Veronica was portrayed. While in past comics she has never been a true saint, her personality was never taken to a point where she was being a terrible person, treating everyone horribly, and her nearly disposing of the engagement ring. The author made her super toxic to the point of readers who are fans of her would turn away because of how much she was cast in a negative light. All of this whole “she a the villain of the story” was a complete turn off. The author not only did this with Veronica, but also two other characters who ever really had the “villain” personality archetype. This was a major turn off that was so cringey and almost too hard to read through.
“So make the most of this day ad make it extraordinary!”
Overall, there were elements in this story that I loved and adored. As much as I liked the family dynamic, seeing the couples, the bonus sketches in the back, and the small cameo with Sabrina, all of these things weren’t enough to make me love this comic. Too many things fell short for me and let the taste of wanting more or something lacking. I probably should have read a summary or something because I honestly thought this was a book about how their relationship started, not a hypothetical story about their marriage. As a fan of the original Archie comics, this was definitely a sour note compared to the graphic novels I used to read once upon a time.
Content/Trigger Warning: Hazing, under age drinking, panic attacks, scene of drug abuse/addiction, and a lot of sexual content comments (mostly about hooking up with girls)
Everyone, this was too cute for me to handle! Scratch that, Bitty was
the cutest, ever! This graphic novel was nothing short of cute,
heart-warming, of a joy to ever grace my reading time! Hockey games,
behind the scenes, a sweet slow-burn attraction, the blossoming of a
romance, and one of the most relatable main characters. What more
could you want from a graphic novel? Ngozi Ukazu has given us a
graphic novel of pure sunshine. How did we get so lucky?
So if you’re not familiar, this is the published version of the very popular web comic (you know I love a good web comic) that everyone has been reading, following, and adoring for a long time. It stars a boy named Eric Bittle, AKA: Bitty, who is leaving his southern home to go to college in the north to play hockey, and he is gay and not yet out! He is also a very talented ice skater, but he has a little improving to do on the ice with hockey. This book is broken up in two parts that follow him during his freshman year and sophomore year at Samwell University.
also makes video blogs where he talks about everything that’s going
on his life. He
also gives some baking tips and secrets out to his followers as well
(lots of pies!).We
get to slowly see the seasons change, and Bitty’s
as well during his vlogs. And he especially likes to talk about the
captain of the hockey team, Jack, who he is pretty sure dislikes him,
even though he is constantly helping him improve on the ice (like
his checking). And
can I just take this moment to say, yes to the bisexual
representation we get from Jack in this comic! As bisexual myself, it
warms my heart every time I see some representation! Easily my
favorite moment of watching Jack discover his feelings for Bitty
after we learn about Jack’s dating habits!
“I gotta go, but I’ll text you, okay?”
we also get to see Bitty interact with the rest of his team: Ransom
two, I swear!),
(what is his name anyway!),
Chowder, Nursey, Lardo, and Dex! And Bitty builds some really
beautiful friendships among
all of them.
is a little pocket of sunshine for them all. Shitty
is such a sweetheart who was so accepting and wonderful about
so many things.
just this subtle character, but when he comes into the picture it’s
like Yoda making an appearance. Easily
my favorite side character and my favorite brewing side romance with
a certain someone (waiting
for that ball to drop!) And I think I can confidently say that Shitty
was probably the one who was the closest to Bitty.
also loved getting to see Bitty move into the team house his
sophomore year! He had so much excitement and energy, he really made
it his own. And speaking of moving into the dorms, all that baking! I
can’t say how many times he was baking that I wanted to fall into
the book and be like “Share your secrets with me!” Meanwhile, his
team were also embracing their love for eating his baking. Seriously,
seeing him build friendships and bond with others was so pure and so
wonderful (especially when baking was involved)!
“Let me bathe!” “Then stop singing Justin Beiber or whatev—DON’T SPLASH ME WITH WATER!”
I think my most favorite part of this book was the banter Ngozi Ukazu
delivered so delightfully into this comic. It was so realistic and
hilarious. Trying to physically sit down anywhere to read this and
just busting out in laughter was so wonderful. I haven’t
experienced a comic making me laugh so hard in such a long time. The
dialogue was above and beyond with this graphic novel! It was written
with the intent of making the reader smile, feel warm, and just fall
in love with the characters even more. Plus, the art work was so
perfect and pleasing to the eye. If I could live within the color
tones of this graphic novel in a state of awe, I absolutely would.
I am in love with this comic of absolute perfection. I can honestly
say that I’m not looking forward to the long wait that lies ahead
of me. I need volume two to be here in my hands right this minute.
This slow burn m/m romance is precious, and I will forever be
screaming to the universe that Bitty is a precious bean who deserves
the world and more! I’m not a sports type of read, but this has
easily become a new favorite for me!