Webcomic Wednesdays: Propeller Comic

Webcomic Wednesdays is a weekly feature here at Girls Read Comics Too. Each week, we like to shine a spotlight on one of the webcomics that we happen to keep up with on the interwebs.

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Propeller is not your average webcomic (if there is such a thing). Penned by Ricardo Mo, it is a nesting doll of smaller stories and arcs within a much bigger landscape. I find myself backtracking to reread things and catching back-up to find all of the little details. That might sound like work, but enjoying that sort of thing isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying this comic. Trust me.

I won’t admit to stumbling onto this one myself. I had a little help from the folks at io9 when they featured artist Alberto Muriel’s Hitchcock movies-meet-Comics art. Taking the bait and liking what I saw, I decided to give this comic a whirl. It’s admittedly quite different from what I have talked about recently on Webcomic Wednesday, but it’s a good kind of different. As a fan of Hitchcock, Dashiell Hammett, hard-boiled and noir pulp settings, I drawn into Propeller’s first chapter: Dial P for Power. The art (drawn by Henry Ponciana for the first few pages before being taken over  by Alberto Muriel) speaks volumes with the first few pages completely devoid of dialogue. It’s kind of like watching an action film unfold, a heist happening and you kind of hope that it gets foiled but at the same time can’t help but wonder what happens if it doesn’t.

I like it when tropes that are grounded and attached to the a darker, more solid version of reality are sort of thrown sideways by the arrival of superpowers on the scene. The empowered-protagonist (I’m reluctant to call him a hero) Rex got his hands on his powers through years of hard work, research and pouring his money into the journals of a  1940s German scientist. There’s an inherent mystery to the story, something that pulls you in and gives you a whodunit while still doubting the moral worthiness of the guy with a badass set of powers. It’s not for everyone, but it is enjoyable if you’re into stories that aren’t so black-and-white.

Propeller can be found in its glorious entirety at propellercomic.com!

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About Lina

A university graduate with three too many degrees and an urge to just keep moving. Not too keen to stay on the beaten path, moving is all that she feels like doing. Pieced together from a little bit of everywhere (culturally speaking) she has a love of pop culture and learning that is kind of out of control. Sometimes she acts a little bit like an insane old British lady or an eight year old on speed. Let's not get her started on the books (or soap operas or her affection for making up drinking games). Then we'd be here all day.
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2 Responses to Webcomic Wednesdays: Propeller Comic

  1. Ricardo Mo says:

    Thank you so much, Lina, for your fabulous write-up. I’m glad to hear you’re getting so much out of the comic (I always hoped at least one person would feel the need to revisit old pages when new info came to light). As you observed, Propeller isn’t for everyone, but I am particularly delighted to hear a woman singing the praises of something I feared could be perceived as a “boys’ book” (simply because of the lack of female characters). Thank you for approaching the material with an open mind and for sticking with us when we dare to challenge that mind. I promise the pay-offs will be worth it.
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    • Lina says:

      Hi! Thanks for responding to my post. I’ll admit that it took me a little while to warm up to it, but that has more to do with the fact that I sometimes find the genre that Propeller is written in to be one that requires a bit more of a “slow-and-steady” approach. I like it and the lack of female characters doesn’t necessarily turn me off (if it did, there’d be so many pop culture things that I love that I wouldn’t experience). Mostly just thanks for writing something that keeps me reading! I look forward to seeing where it goes.

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