I've read the entire first arc now, and moving on to the second. I'm really enjoying the characters, and needless to say the female characters are my favorites.
Jlblue, on Aug 16 2009, 12:00 AM, said:
Plus I found it tough to introduce everyone at once, which is why some characters get their first real character development in later episodes.
This was a great decision, it almost feels like most of the characters had their own "episodes" like in a tv-series (the comic often feels like one, anyway). Some characters are left in the dark, though, like the "main hero" Javian, who barely speaks or does anything in the series, but he seems to be always present, like an avatar of the reader in some ways. I don't know if he has more purpose in the second arc, but he's seriously underused for seemingly being a central character.
I don't usually even like main hero-types, but there's just nothing to dislike in Javian, either. All of the other cast members are much more interesting than him.
The other problem I have with the comic is the abundance of violence. I'm not against blood or killing in comics, but especially in the early parts all the killing seemed to get in the way of the story. The pirates didn't even seem to loot anything, they just butchered people. I found the running gag about the guard who gets repeatedly shot by the pirates wherever he goes very funny, though.
There were other nitpicks and bloopers, like people moving from spaceship to spaceship by just opening doors and the slave woman being in the slave-traders jail for over two years (which is very bad slaving business in my opinion, since the whole idea is to sell people, not keep them locked up
). And sometimes the situations weren't explained properly, leading to confusion as to what was happening and where the pirates were.
But I'm just trying to be constructive here, since I'm really enjoying your comic and your characters. Each chapter has a distinct plot-line in it, while the overarching plot is still present in almost every one of them, and that's skillfull story crafting in my eyes. There are many funny punch-lines and running gags, and there certainly is no monotony but plenty of action and speed. The digital effects and speech bubbles are skillfully done (although the intro screens are sometimes too pixelated to read clearly).
Oh, I also have to commend you for the world and the history you've created. I just love the fact that it has it's own cursewords and accents, making it feel like a future society rather than a copy of our own that is just set in space.
So I say great job with what you've done!