Before the start of neTwork – Aura-Jynn, there are a few notable events in history that occurred before Aura-Jynn Chapter 1 begins. This 7-chapter prologue is designed to give readers a chance to understand how the neTwork universe functions, give a recount of notable events in neTwork history, and offer an explanation of why the Aura-Jynn Saga begins the way it does. – See more at: http://www.komikia.com/kmk?id=345#sthash.G4XGK0pd.dpuf
neTwork is a little different than your average comic. As it stands currently, it is a prologue into the story that is to come. T-ZA makes this clear by introducing the world and the different elements within it right off the bat. The introduction of the different types of energies, allows for a combination of fantasy and truths. This mix of fantasy with scientific facts allows for the neTwork world to be much more plausible. You can see evidence of research, and it is always lovely to see an author care for their storyline.
Not all 7 of these prologue chapters are going to be laid out the same, however. Instead of just spitting out facts about the world and its history leading up to the main plots, T-ZA illustrates the history through mini stories, incorporating facts about the world into the plots. This layout allows readers to grasp each concept with more ease.
At the end of each chapter, T-ZA offers a quick one-page summary of what happened previously, allowing readers to put everything together, which then smoothly transitions into the next storyline.
It is known that history has a habit of repeating itself. In neTwork, this is clear as well. Although the plots have different outcomes, the storyline remains the same. This can become tedious to read, and I found myself wanting to skip pages to get to the point where the plot differs from the previous story.
That being said, there is great character development throughout each mini story. The main characters go through a sense of rejection and hatred, and eventually come out in the end knowing that it is okay to be different.
Unfortunately, the character growth comes with very extreme mindsets. The main characters jump from purely good beings, to purely bad beings. There is very little transition between the two, giving the impression that the characters personalities are not stable. It can be difficult to truly love a main character if you change the core of who that character is –especially when that change is irrational.
T-ZA does add some humour into the story, allowing for a break in the characters’ inner turmoil. There is not a lot of humour throughout neTwork, but I believe it is enough to refresh the audience before something happens again that breaks that sense of peace.
Going away from the plot and focusing on the art, T-ZA introduces a simplistic design, allowing for easy viewing which makes it clear where the characters are within the background, and what is happening in that moment.
T-ZA also does a fine job of capturing movement, and has some very nice transitions from one panel into the next.
However, there are some scenes in which the sizing is inaccurate, making characters look awkward.
The awkwardness continues as well into some of the angles that the characters are viewed at. The angles do not make sense for the conversation that they are having, or the event that is taking place. Awkward angles can confuse the reader, either because they do not know what they are looking at, or simply because the angle the character is seen at is unappealing.
As mentioned before, simplistic art styles can make it easier for the readers to see what is going on inside each panel. However, it is important not to go too simplistic with the art, otherwise the world, and characters may appear boring. T-ZA has hyped up the world of neTwork in the first chapters, creating such intricate concepts. I was personally really excited how these concepts would be incorporated into the scenery, how each continent would differ in their landscape. Unfortunately, T-ZA does not offer much detail into the background scenes. This I find very displeasing as there is a lot of potential to create a stunning world.
It is important to keep in mind that this comic is merely the prologue (and is not even complete yet at 5 out of 7 chapters completed). The story of neTwork – Aura-Jynn has been released already. This I find disappointing, as it gives away the ending to the prologue. That being said, there are only three chapters available for the actual story of neTwork. That means that there is still a lot of potential in the history of neTwork (prologue) that has yet to be incorporated into the plot, and I am excited to see how T-ZA uses that information in the future.
Check out neTwork – Aura-Jynn: Prologue here!
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