ok... strike one: its on tumblr
Art quality? Good - smells of college art major. hair, cloth, shading - its all quite nice.
Blazing through the first couple dozen pages: Our main character is a painfully bland not-so-ditzy but very blank-slate blond girl, who gets hired at a club.
The twist? The club is of course a place for the local secret magic people. And of course her employer didn't really clue her in. However, unlike a lot of other comics where this would be the "harry potter: you are a wizard" moment - then this is taken via a horror route: She stumbles across a magic woman who is disolving into flower petals: http://weavecomic.tumblr.com/page/61
now that is one hell of a way to throw your main character down a rabbit hole - though, spending 30 pages to get there did make it a bit boring. Oh and the ghost of the dead woman does... something... to the girl - which isn't really explained to begin with.
Now that is a hell of a hook - too bad it was on page 30-40-something, not on page 10.
so ya - this looks really interesting - but it also comes off as really fucking slow to get its shit together. I'm 30 pages after that 'event' - and the plot... has basically not really moved an inch. we don't know what happened. she doesn't know what happened. the magical police (lolwut?) doesn't know. Oh and apparently the club owner gets random spoopy prophecies.
page 60 into the comic: apparently our main character's glass cut on her palm has turned into a magic flower-shaped mark.
page 63-ish... this is the first time we get some actual background on the main character. Ya that's not how this is supposed to work.
page 95 - apparently magic marks are all the rage - and you can't get an explanation for them. Fucking lazy ass writing.
Ok - so I've said nice things about the art - which is nice - and if this comic actually does update twice a week, then that's rather impressive.
The bad thing about the comic: It comes off as meandering. I'm honestly not even sure if the maker of it writes scripts... or plans more than a page or two ahead.
Like, it jumps all over the place - mainly between the club staff/owner, the magic police woman, the main character and later on briefly on some kind of villain-looking person. Character introductions? Not happening. main character freaking out over magic? Nah - surprisingly little reaction there. Oh sure, she's traumatized over finding the dead woman... who disintegrated into petals and somehow marked her magically - but magic being real? no fuck that, that's apparently normie bullshit.
I mean, she doesn't even seem to question taht a police investigator knows about magic
basically - either this is a setting where magic is commonplace, which it is NOT since there is a page or two where the main character is at the club and goes "lol I saw some dude with totally fake horns out on the dance floor, those can't be real" - so magic people are not common knowledge...
so ya - basically we know fuck all about the setting, even 100 pages in (that's all there is in the archive) - and for a magic mystery comic like thsi, then that is really BAD. If you want to communicate mystery, then you damn well better explain why shit is mysterious, and not just confusing. Like, is this girl just stupid when it comes to magic, or are we talking harry potter style secret magic parallel society? Because that will very heavily influence whether this shit is mysterious and suspenceful or not.
I'm not saving this one for my comic bookmarks. 100 pages in and I don't know what is happening, the main character girl seems to be a ragdoll who lets whatever weaksauce plot comes her way drag her around - she's not stopping and asking WTF is going on, everyone else seems to think that this is business as usual - despite magic being secret, but everyone seems to know it? wtf
if the artist has a dA account, I'd probably watch that, but not this comic