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.
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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