WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY REVIEW: Rising Sand

Creators: Jenn Lee, Ty Dunitz
Webcomic Link: Rising Sand

Summary: Rising Sand is a comic set in the world of Erj. As it opens, we’re introduced to Dal and Qebrus, an unlikely pair subsisting off of goods Dal has stolen from the markets of their crumbling port city, Ras Huran. While working her magic, Dal overhears a rumor that Erj’s sun is falling. Qebrus recognizes this idea as something called the Abrogation, which involves the god of nonexistence, Ybris (the mother of Nyue, god of creation), returning all to the void.

Story: The story in Rising Sand is incredibly complex and well thought out. The lore is tangibly deep, despite the story thus-far only being fifteen pages. The paragraphs beneath each page offer a in-depth look at concepts covered for anyone curious, without it being necessary to understand what is happening in the story. The world that Dal’s adventure is being built on top of is an achievement in and of itself, and that’s before we even begin discussing said adventure.

Rising Sand has excellent pacing. It’s lighthearted, holds the reader’s interest, and flows from page to page with ease. The dialogue is believable and funny. The characters are unique. The setting begs the reader to ask questions and explore. This comic offers more than the average plot, and in only a few short pages.

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Art: If the story in Rising Sand is above average for a webcomic, then its art is astronomical. Jenn Lee’s lines form energetic and expressive characters that it’s impossible not to love. There’s a richness to the scenery that matches the lore, a level of detail that gives the reader plenty of things to gawk over on each page. Ty Dunitz’ coloring is also some of the best I’ve ever seen in a webcomic. It is every bit as vibrant as it is technical, doing an amazing job of conveying the atmosphere of the scenes. Even the lettering is wonderful to look at.

Conclusion: I have only good things to say about Rising Sand, and every confidence that it’s going to blossom into something legendary. It’s not just every bit as good as a comic printed by the Big 2 or Image, it’s better than a lot of them.

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