It a fantasy world called Din, where not a whole lot makes sense. Monsters, man with a face that spirals and people are accuse of being from another world. That all exist in Din but why? We follow along a gambler named mephena trying to escape the Knight of Sinil. Along the way she meet rather strange people. A Sarcastic elf that is from a different world, a guard more loveable than his odd face, her friend that mumbles and is extremely flexible. Everybody has something to hide and even our main character, Mephena.
Diexemor is a completely refreshing art style with a different approach to the protagonist than what has been known as the norm. I have always been consciously aware that most heroic teams only have one female. MemoriaCaelestie has changed that to one male and the rest female. Honestly, this is not really that much better. Yes, it is nice to see the female characters taking a prominent role as the heroine, but at the same time, why does it have to be all or none? The best way to tackle this is, in my opinion at least, to have at least two of each gender in a team.
In the end, this isn’t really an issue. Caelestie does an excellent job of creating unique characters and a very interesting world, and when it comes down to it, gender isn’t really the purpose of a story (unless the story is about gender, but I digress).
Comedy can really help compliment the purpose of a story, however. Diexemor is filled with humour to lighten up the mood. Some of the characters are incredibly quirky, making you laugh at just how ridiculous they are.
As much as I enjoyed chuckling at the characters, overall, I found the story rather difficult to follow. This could have been because of the randomness that kept occurring, or because of the writing style.
The writing is a bit rough. There are both spelling and grammar errors throughout the comic. I would say most of these are due to a language barrier, but then again, this shouldn’t be an excuse. Having your work edited by someone else who is well-versed in that language is always a great idea –even if it is your native tongue.
Some of the conversations can also be a bit awkward, which can cause some serious confusion for the reader. Half the time I wasn’t really sure what they were talking about. Conversations seemed jumbled and out of place.
Aside from the actual writing, the layout should be addressed. The speech bubbles are relatively small, and sometimes the text is difficult to read because of the font style. The writing becomes almost illegible in some speech bubbles because it is so incredibly small. Maybe a different page layout would work best in these situations.
Moving away from the story and writing, the art is really what catches your eye in this comic. It sort of reminds me of Greek pottery with all of the swirls and the general style of the artwork. That being said, Caelestie certainly makes it her own.
Sometimes the swirls can become a bit overwhelming and can make some scenes a bit difficult to see. You may have to stare at something for a few seconds before you understand what you are looking at. This doesn’t change the fact, however, that Caelestie creates some gorgeous art, especially in the fantastic world she creates –as seen in her backgrounds.
Bold colours are also helpful in Diexemor to add that last important factor in how the art grabs the reader’s attention.
Caelestie uses those bold colours in her paneling borders as well, and unfortunately, these borders overwhelm the panels. They are very intricate and beautiful, but at times they take over the page and it can become a distraction to the actual comic itself.
Another area that could use some improvement are proportions. Aside from the fact that many of the characters are purposefully butch and very large, sometimes it is taken to an extremely that the characters now look proportionately awkward.
These proportion errors are especially visible when the art style begins to change. The art is magnificent at first, but it seems to deteriorate quite quickly. I’m not sure the reasoning behind this, but it was a big disappointment for me since the art was so intriguing when I first read Diexemor. The art seemed to continue to fluctuate through several different styles throughout the entire comic.
If the art style had remained consistent throughout Diexemor, I would be very pleased with it in that sense. The writing needs a bit of work as well as a more visible plotline. Overall, I think this comic has great potential. A lot of these issues can be corrected with a bit of rewording and some editing.
One thing that Caelestie should consider is that the current layout for Diexemor does not make it mobile friendly. A lot of people read comics on their phones/tablets nowadays, so this is definitely something that should be addressed.
Diexemor offers a unique take on the classic idea of a group of protagonists, and creates a very intriguing world. It is a great start to a bright future for MemoriaCaelestie.
If you want to read Diexemor, you can check it out on Tapastic.