The tale of poor Onald

>> Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Not sure yet if anything more substantial will appear today, but in the meantime the most recent Dresden Codak is stunning. Codak, for the uninitiated, is perhaps the most lavishly-drawn webcomic since the brilliant and dearly-departed A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible (and if you've never heard of that one, set aside an afternoon and go through their archives, your soul will thank you). Codak is a surreal blend of physics, tragedy, psychology, and surrealism; the longest story-arc in Codak being an epic mix of battling robots, time travel, and human evolution that I'm not sure is understood so much as it's felt. And then every now and then, there are jokes. (Also, Kimiko Ross is a hottie, but that's neither here nor there.) I think I've raved about Codak before (I seem to have an existing tag), but I don't think I can rave enough--and anyway, this one really is brilliant and a standalone piece that doesn't (despite featuring a young Kimiko before her hyper-evolved cyborg days) require you to know a single thing about DC.

I found Codak's tale of Onald Creely, itinerant regret salesman, to be poignant and harrowing; of course it's not about Onald Creely at all, it's about possibility and choice. It's the kind of thing a lot of people wouldn't think you could do in a comic, but when you see it you have to say, "Well how the hell else would you do it?" The wordless final panels form the kind of narrative that's unique to sequential art. Also, there's an extended Asimov reference, which I know is a selling point for some of the regulars around here.

So go! And if you like what you see, read the archives!

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