Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Unless you are allergic to awesome, you are going to enjoy this comic. Yes, I have been posting a bit heavy on the Zuda love lately, but I can't help it. For some dumb reason I had resisted actually getting into Zuda for a long time. I had checked out items specifically recommended by one or two people, but never even tried to go beyond that. It was as if someone gave me a giant box of pretty great comics for free and I shrugged and said "why don't you hold on to them for now." Fortunately for me I have gotten past that. In the past month I have read at least four free online comics that are every bit as good as the best titles that I am paying upwards of four bucks for in the store. The scales are off my eyes I guess. I promise that I will expand my focus beyond Zuda and cover any good webcomics I find.

Enough of that general stuff, now for something specific.

Click on this link to go to Celadore.

Celadore is written and illustrated by Caanan , and centers on the kick-butt monster hunter Celadore and her band of extraordinary compatriots. Celadore herself is no slouch, but the 'people' she surrounds herself with are positively supernatural. Jams is a 'Frankenstein-Monster', Wax is a shapeshifter, Ness is the(a?) tooth fairy, and their seems to be no end to the possibilities of other creatures that she may work with or against in her world, which looks an awful lot like this one except for the aforementioned sorts of creatures running around in it.

Right off the bat Celadore is put into a situation that you might think would end her monster hunting duties. Her soul is pulled right out of her body and ends up in the body of a young girl who had been in a coma for three months. This development doesn't slow her down, as her strength and abilities convey to the new body, and she ends up with two new companions in the form of the 'ghost' of the girl whose body she inhabits and that girl's adventure seeking, ninja-loving best friend.

I hesitate to say things like this, because I don't want anyone to think that this is any sort of knock-off. This is a truly fresh and fun comic, written perfectly, and drawn equally as well. To me it is like the best possible marriage of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Kim Possible. For the record, I love both of those to a near unnatural degree. It is different from those two shows in as many ways as it is similar, and I mean that as high praise.

I certainly hope this comic continues to be picked up by Zuda and that we get to see lots of further adventures with the cast of characters we were introduced to in this 'origin story' of sorts. I also would love to see a paper copy some day that I can put on my shelf and flip through without page loads and stuff.

If you follow the link I put in above, and you like the comic, do everyone a favor by registering a free account and submitting feedback about the comics you like. It is one of the ways they decide what to keep supporting on the site.


caanantheartboy said...

Hey, Rob. Thanks for the review! The marriage of Buffy and Kim Possible? Neat! I'll take that. I've only ever seen bits of each, but always enjoyed them when I do. Kim Possible is the coolest name ever and I love the design work on that show.

I read over a lot of your other reviews too, and we have a lot of similar tastes, so I'm now a follower! The Good Neighbours was amazing and I can't wait for the next one. :o)

Talkin Bout Comics said...

My 14 year old daughter read your comic start to finish last night and laughed the entire way through and loved it!

I also have to mention this thing that I have needed to say, but have forgotten to until now... she makes air quotes using his severed hands... I am not sure I have seen many things more awesome than that in a comic.

Good Neighbors and Amulet can't get sequels out fast enough in my opinion. Thanks for reading (in addition to the necessary thanks for putting out a terrific comic)