Written by Andrew Hussie
Printed by Topataco
You knew that at some point Web Comics would come out with books so that people could purchase them and show the love by taking all those digital images and turning them into dead tree products. It worked for the Oatmeal, and other sites that have huge followings online. There is a threshold here, and reading through Homestruck by MS Paint Adventures, sometimes the translation can leave people confused. If anything is wrong with it, the largest public complaint, the one seen the most often is that Book 1 is confusing. If you look at the site MS Paint Adventures, there is minor animation and other fun things that help explain the story better. The translation alone from semi-action interactive somewhat interesting web comic to paper will probably cause the audience some angst.
But it won’t bug us at all, seriously interesting comic book to flip through today and match it against the web site. Really you want to do both, read the compiled version 1 of the comic book, and then go visit the web site so that it will make just a tad more sense.
But as an interesting story of a boy with no arms, and a propensity of wearing funny disguises, it is not a bad comic book. Yes it did not translate perfectly over to a text dead tree based format, but in the longer run this is a good comic book even if it leaves you a little weirded out in places, and where continuity can be a problem for some readers. While continuity is cool, in many independent comic books continuity can be overcome by just having a weird or interesting story line, and this is not the first comic book that we have had to flip back a couple of pages trying to figure out what happened. Marvel and DC will do the same thing. Being linear can be a drag sometimes, and independents are supposed to help stretch out the readers’ imagination.
Overall I’ll rate this one at a 4 of 5 on our star scale, continuity will bother some, the story line though is awesome if a bit unusual in places. This is an awesome first attempt for the web artist, and Topataco did a very good job of printing it. The author notes are a nice touch that if you actually read them, helps explain the story line along the way, and is an interesting insight into how Andrew was putting this together in his head all the while keeping it weird. Good book, go buy it at the Topataco site right here.