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Below is a list of comments made by glottalgeek, in date order (newest at the top).

Comic: Home on the Strange 5/5
I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. It revolves around a former punk-rocker and a female geek who are married and living in surburbia. This comic deals out character-driven humor around Karla and Tom, and their friends.

I can only take about 10 comics in a sitting, but I kept on coming back. Of course now that I'm caught up in the archives, I just go back when there's an update. Or when I want to revisit one of my favorite episodes.
Comic: Marilith 4/5
This comic is not art. This comic is a shoot-em-up party.

That's not completely true. The characters do have some meat to them, there is an interesting backstory (I am particularly interested in the blond guy who is apparently in love with Marilith). And I love the relationship between Marilith and her captive. However, I like this comic mainly because it appeals to my tastes - and those tastes are not universal.

"Blood opera" is a good description of this comic. It has smart women with guns, action, angst, and a few witty repartees for good measure. And there are no obvious good-guys bad-guys - everybody is either a hero or villain according to point of view. If this sounds like something you can dig, check it out. If not ... well, it's your call.
Comic: inverloch 3/5

The comic's weakest point, in my opinion, is the dialogue. Sometimes the characters can get really preachy and repetitive. But most importantly there is a lack of wit in the way characters speak. As a counterexample, I mention Dominic Deegan, which also has dialogue which can get a little preachy and repetitive, BUT it more than makes up for that with its abundance of wit.

Now as for story ... I have read a lot of fantasy. And I am tired of the typical fantasy plots, so that biases me towards non-typical fantasy more so than the average reader. The plot of Inverloch is good, but I've seen variants of it a few too many times, and it is not sufficiently superlative to overcome my sense of deja-vu.

My one issue with the art is that I wish the characters were more expressive. Aside from that, the art is excellent, and the main reason I rate this comic 3 starts instead of 2. I particularly like the attention to background detail - it does much to set up the atmosphere.

I recently went back to catch up on what had been added a few months after I first read it, and the most recent chapter (Volume 5, Chapter 2) was just so standard-fantasy that I stopped caring about this strip. Even when it's complete, I doubt I'll finish reading it. I am, however, interested in trying Sarah Ellerton's next project, which sounds like it is more suited to my tastes than Inverloch.

This review is harsher than Inverloch deserves. I was able to get through the first 600 or so pages, which is more than can be said about most webcomics. However, after the disappointment I had after hearing so much praise for this webcomic, I feel I have to balance the glowing reviews on this page, lest someone else with my tastes should chance upon this page.
Comic: Girl Genius 5/5
This is my favorite webcomic. Really.

This "gaslamp fantasy" world is the most imaginative I have seen in any comics, web or printed. The characters are fully-fleshed, the plot is gripping, the humor is wicked, the artwork is amazing ... but what really shoots this comic to the next level is how seamlessly it weaves all of these superb elements together.

Warning : After reading this comic, you might be compelled to buy all of the printed collections (which, thanks to the stupid sales tax, cost me $100)
Comic: Miracle of Science 5/5
I don't whether I should be glad that I started reading this comic so near its conclusion (fat archive and I won't have to wait long for the end of the story) or sad (soon it will be complete and stop updating). Nevertheless, this comic is a ripping good space opera. And the Martians are awesome. My favorite moment is the end of chapter 3 - but you have to read everything which happened before to get the full kick.
Comic: El Goonish Shive 5/5
This is one of my favorite comics. For many of the same reasons that other people love this comic. I just want to add that this is one of the best representations of teenagerhood I have seen - in any medium. Don't get the wrong idea - this comic is NOT slice-of-life - Dan Shive ignores the laws of physics on a regular basis - among other things. But I think it captures something about being a teenager which most "slice of life" stories about teenagers don't.

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