Probably about once every two months, I find a new web comic to read, and if I like it, whether it’s been going for years or only a few weeks, I’ll read through every published page. I favor the comics with a narrative–really they fall into more of a graphic novel format–because I like to see how the author develops themes and character personalities over the long term compared to more episodic works where we essentially start from the same place with every new strip.
Mare Internum, the latest comic I’ve read through, is a great example of why I prefer a narrative. The story starts off with a man who is, apparently, suicidal, but over the next three chapters (including the one currently in-progress) his drive for survival apparently shocks him out of his depression. So we get to a see a whole slice of this character’s range of emotional states as he navigates the beautiful scenery and strange creatures Der-shing Helmer renders within the subterranean Martian landscape (cavescape?).
What really excites me though is seeing a web comic I love on store shelves. Here’s hoping that happens for Mare Internum.