Webcomic: Crimson Dark

Crimson Dark is back! This morning, I was delighted to see in my Facebook feed the return of Crimson Dark after the author took a four year hiatus. Why the big gap? Well, I guess after reading over 500 pages of content, BioWare was so impressed with the world David C. Simon created that they hired him to write and create content for a little game called Star Wars: The Old Republic. I was sad to see Crimson Dark end, but was very happy for the creator and his accomplishments. I am more happy to see his return and the return of my favorite webcomic!

“But seriously, how am I supposed to fly without coffee?” – Kari Tyrell

Now that Crimson Dark is back, I feel compelled to go back to Page 1 (linked above) from 2006 and start all over again to get reacquainted with the Crimson Dark universe. Thankfully, there is a Crimson Dark wiki to help me remember some of the finer points. If you like Firefly, Babylon 5, and of course Star Wars, you will most likely enjoy this comic. I’d say it even has some Farscape and Buffy thrown in, minus the aliens and vampires. The story primarily follows Kari Tyrell, an ace fighter pilot turned privateer who everyone wants to either kill or hire. Kari is a strong and skilled character, but also deeply flawed, suffering from a constant need to be caffeinated and haunted by the loss of so many lives under her command. Trouble seems to follow Kari, but it’s a living for her. She gets involved in epic space battles, political intrigues, espionage, piracy, and quite a few gun fights.

It’s not just Kari, of course. Early on, Kari becomes an integral member of a crew of interesting characters with their own well developed backgrounds and quirks. It’s in this crew and their interactions that you can really feel David’s homage to some of Joss Whedon’s  creations. Kari may be the central character, but she is by far not the only interesting one.

white-rim1One of the things I love about the comic is that David is an artist first and he designs some amazing spacecraft! His character art was never bad, but has certainly improved greatly over the course of the comic. His writing and dialogue are pretty amazing from the start and I was hooked after reading the prologue. The art is very impressive and I like how David writes his artist notes below most of the pages, highlighting how he achieved the effects and even berating himself when he just can’t seem to get the lighting the way he wants. I like this link to the artist and his work.

David publishes regularly, with a new page three times a week. If you’re starting out from the beginning, you’ll have 531 pages to read to get caught up, so there will never be a lack of content.

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