Body and Soul Webcomic review

What Did I Learn?

Body and Soul Webcomic

People looked at me with pity…they handed me this disease…I can’t beat this.

That’s how this sidescrolling webcomic, Body & Soul by Matthew Greene, starts. To round out our first impression, a small narration box tells us this is Anezka’s home in Prague.

The images are almost abstract and every click moves the viewer forward. You see a body of panels and as the screen advances, it causes you to reevaluate some of the panels you’ve already seen in light of the panels you didn’t see before. It’s an interesting effect that’s not possible with a printed book or even on a small screen.

The art gives the story an otherworldy quality. It’s not dream like, nor is it jarring – it’s more like a stressful memory or a forced recall. As the story alludes to and the other information on the website hints about, this story seems like it’s going to go far and wide. It’s not going to be an all-wrapped-up-before-dinner affair – even while you can feel parts of the story dropping nicely into place. And I’m not doing spoilers, so you should read it for yourself.

What Did I Learn?

Consider the strengths of a chosen media and distribution method. Many of us consider this when we think about the possibility of someday printing a webcomic but there are new devices and options to also take advantage of. In this case, Body and Soul is taking more advantage of a screen than most comics do.

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