“Parsnip is a sarcastic, moody teen living in the quiet suburb of Freefar. But when a black hole turns into a boy and lands in her back yard, her life of side-eyeing and snarky comments quickly turns into a life of fighting robots and alternate universes. Can Parsnip and her new friend Geckie save Freefar from total destruction? Probably not. But find out anyway!”
Robo Hole by Arkie Ring is a science fiction story based on a unique idea revolving around a black hole. A concept that isn’t really understood by science to begin with, it offers a multitude of theories and stories that can be told without 100% disbelief.
Ring certainly took advantage of this by twisting theories of black holes and mixing it with a slight Transformers feel. It’s a concept I never would have thought of, and actually works surprisingly well, leaving the reader with a sense of fascination with each page.
Robo Hole also starts strong, with solid introductions of the characters incorporated right into the plot. The plot also moves along smoothly from page one, which allows for a quick and easy read for any new reader, as well as an easy way to stay with a comic if you follow along update to update.
One of the reasons why the plot moves so smoothly is because Ring has made sure that only the necessary information is there, and nothing too excessive is added. Too much fluff can clutter a story and make it impossible for the reader to stay focused on the goal of the main characters.
Robo Hole is also dripping with humour, both visually and verbally. It creates a delicate balance between action and comedic relief. At times I found the humour to be repetitive and corny, but for the most part I did catch myself chuckling at absurd comments or actions the characters participated in.
I was most impressed, however, with the level of professionalism when it came to the grammar and spelling in this comic. From what I saw, there was little to no errors here. Well done!
The art in Robo Hole is fairly strong, although there are some slight proportion and angling errors. These do improve over time with the growth of creator and comic alike. It will be interesting to see how much farther this will develop as the comic continues.
The one thing that really caught my attention in this comic was the incredible sequences between panels. Ring clearly excels in expressing movement and time through close-up shots in a short sequence. Sequences like this allow for a story in and of itself to be told quickly and beautifully.
The final thing I want to touch on for Robo Hole is the colours. Having a comic fully coloured is always a bold move, if not only for the speed of production purposes. Ring chose some interesting colour combinations, with a bold black outline on the characters. It’s a personal preference, but the bold outline just separates the characters too much from the background for me, making it seem as if they are pasted there instead of being immersed in the world.
Overall, however, I was very impressed with Robo Hole by Arkie Ring. There is a lot of potential in this comic with a strong plot and highly professional writing. I look forward to seeing where Ring takes this adventure in the future.