As a fan of comics that tell complete stories with solid conclusions, I tend to believe that the best time to read a webcomic is after it has wrapped up entirely. With that in mind, here are several very interesting webcomics that will be wrapping up in the foreseeable future, making now a good time to bookmark them.
The Complex, Douglas Noble
“At the end of the world, new forms of humor are bound to emerge.”
A post-apocalyptic story about a group of scientists living out the final days of the world in the abandoned research facility where they lived and work before the cataclysm. It is a place of mysteries, which the scientists set about solving in their scientific way, in between the bouts of drunkenness and television reenactments they habitually perform in order to stave off boredom and suicide. Bleak, funny, sad, and insightful, if you share my love of stories about the end of the world, this is one you should be sure to read.
The Complex has just begun its sixth and final chapter.
The Rule of Death, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Douglas Noble
The story of an undead cowboy, his sharp shooting sidekick, and his womanizing business manager, The Rule of Death is no comedy, even when it is. Every moment is suffused with unspeakable creepiness—Pete Colby is something worse than your typical brain-eating undead zombie. Rather, he is an ordinary man who has upset the most fundamental of laws; he has returned to life simply because he changed his mind about being dead. Such an act is certain to have consequences.
The Rule of Death has just begun its eleventh and final chapter, “Death to Everyone.”
Lotus Root Children, by Wei Li
One of the most heartbreaking stories you can read online, this comic is the story of a woman who’s job is to brainwash kidnapped children, so they will be ready to accept their new homes with their new parents. But the kicker is that the woman is herself a tragic figure, as it is clear that each child whose life she turns upside down is, for her, a brief proxy for her own lost child, a loss she now repeats over and over again. Beautiful, haunting, and thoroughly chilling, Lotus Root Children is now only five pages from its conclusion.
She Died in Terrebonne, by Kevin Church and TJ Kirsch
Church and Kirsch promised a one-year run on She Died in Terrebonne, which begin in September of last year, and it looks like they’re right on track. At the moment, hard luck PI Sam Kimimura knows who is responsible for the murder he has been investigating, and is in the process of making his full reveal. Can’t be too much longer before the story is done. I do suspect we’ll be seeing more of Kimimura—this has the feel of the first of a series of detective stories, as is common of the genre. I’ll certainly be looking forward to the next story in the series.
Gingerbread Houses, by Alexander Danner and Edward J. Grug III
Since this is to be the final post of my week-long tenure as guest blogger at ComixTalk, I thought I’d take this final opportunity to mention that my own two-year project will be coming to a close in the near future. Our exploration of Hansel and Gretel’s return home to renew life with the parents who left them to die will be entering its final chapter in two weeks. We expect to have the complete story finished by the end of the year.