Dasch Karde suffers from schizophrenia and doesn’t remember anything about his past. Along with his friends and his hallucination he escapes the mental hospital in which he was in order to find out who he is, and ends up in the middle of a war between a secret organization that’s been protecting humans from demented beings with supernatural powers and the leader of those beings. Dasch will have to choose which side to join to find the truth about his past. But who can he trust in this world of lies and manipulation?
I have never read a story that relied so heavily on its synopsis. If you don’t read the synopsis, you will never understand what is going on in this comic. The story basically jumps in where the synopsis leaves off. It may be more beneficial to the readers if the background of the story was implemented more into the actual plotline, rather than assuming we already know what is going on.
It is because of that design that I struggled following the plot. There were a lot of times where I was confused on who was who, and what exactly was happening. As a student writing research papers or creating presentations, I am told again and again to assume the audience knows nothing at all. So you have to dumb down your presentations and papers so that they know what you are talking about. The same goes for comics. We don’t know what the history of your characters are, or the history of your world either. It helps to have that described to us. Whether you incorporate it creatively into your story or just throw it all into the beginning, it is up to you, but please don’t leave your readers in the dark … at least give them a night light so they can see what’s around them.
Even though the plot was confusing, there are some concepts that I was intrigued by. I would like to see where these concepts are taken and how exactly they play into the world that Auster is based in.
Art-wise, overall not bad. It would be beneficial to use different shading techniques to help break up the blacks. There are a few areas in which the character blends in with the background and it can be difficult to decipher what is going on. I see a few comics that use character outlining to break the character away from the background, and that can be beneficial when inking.
Ex-Agent Ra uses some unique angles to create some very intense scenes. Some of these are incredibly creative and not commonly seen in a comic.
Like this toilet bowl shot.
Or the classic “crazed-eye” shot.
Along with creative angles, Ex-Agent Ra has some nice action shots that really capture movement.
Auster also has very artistic panel designs that really capture a moment, and are not your typical design styles. *Warning: this panel is quite gruesome.
There are a few other things that I’m just being nitpicky on, such as the double page layout that appears to be photocopied and uploaded onto Inkblazers like that. It would be more beneficial to the readers if each page was individual and not photocopied from a book. Because of the double page design, it can be difficult to read some of the text in the comic.
Auster has some interesting concepts, and seems to have a lot to offer. There are some really creative scenes captured in this comic and some great angles that draw the audience in. What I would like to see occur in the future of Auster is a better page layout so it is easier to read the smaller writing, and incorporate the synopsis information into the comic more so that the audience isn’t confused on what is happening.
Otherwise, Auster has some potential to turn into a really great read. I look forward to the future of Auster and Ex-Agent Ra’s growth as an artist.
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