Reviews: Digger

Fantastic and Funny

I was directed to Digger by a family member, and I was hooked almost instantly. Despite how it starts seeming kind of silly, Ursula Vernon quickly wins ones heart with her characters, from the somewhat-insane Murai to the overly silly Shadowchild to the humorous and loveable hyena Ed.

Ursula Vernon amazed me from the start. Her style of black and white was fantastic for all the underground scenes, her characters were amazing and realistic, and the only character death that I cried over was in her world. It took me mere moments to fall in love with each of her characters, and in one case it took a mere page.

759 pages, and Digger has to deal with a god, yet it doesn't feel like it's going to fast. I can't go into detail about why I like the plot given my 400 word limitation, but I can say that it's honestly amazing how much story was fitted in while the plot felt like it was barely jogging along.

Another thing I loved was that the comic was how it managed to get away with being so strange at times. For most artists, it's drawing the line when you have vampire squash and oracular slugs in a work that's supposed to be realistic. Not Ursula Vernon. She includes such oddities into her world without making the comic seem any less serious, at least until Digger comments on the situation.

It may not be for everyone, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try, hopefully continuing to the end. There is sorrow, there is humour, and there are things that are simply too ridiculous to be believed.

In short, it was one of my favourite comics of all time, and should be checked out thoroughly. It captured my heart, made me laugh, and at the last moment delivered an emotional blow equal to the physical one that I would have received if it had clubbed me over the head with a pickaxe.

A Bizarre and Fascinating Tale With a Sadly Underused Antagonist

Digger is a work from the brilliantly Crazy Awesome mind of Ursula Vernon, and is one of my favorite webcomics. It has brilliant writing and characters, and I would highly recommend it to everyone I know. However, I would quickly run over the word limit if I discussed its qualities, so I will instead display my only criticism. (This concerns the Big Bad, so SPOILER WARNING.)

Digger has a unique antagonist. It's a Sealed Evil In A Can that's very weak, so it cannot directly harm any of the characters. However, the true danger of it lies in its mind, not its body. It's a Manipulative Bastard with a Compelling Voice that managed to control the gods themselves at one point. This makes for an interesting setup; it literally cannot physically harm anyone (on its own, anyway), but is still one of the most terrifying villains ever created, because it can poison the hearts and minds of friends, and that is worse. However...we don't actually get to see this happen. It only really appears twice in the entire story, the first of which is in chapter ten (of twelve). Whenever it tries to use its Compelling Voice, the characters manage to shrug it off with Heroic Resolve and The Power Of Friendship. What would be much more interesting is if the Big Bad tormented Digger's group from the shadows for a long period of time, turning previous allies against her, all the while having Digger desperately trying to find out who's the puppetmaster. This would lend its eventual appearance even more power and significance than it already has. Unfortunately, we don't get to actually see this, and so its manipulation is more of an Informed Ability than anything. It's a pity that such an interesting idea for an antagonist had so little screen time to develop it, but Ursula does say she was writing by the seat of her pants when she laid out the initial plot, so it's understandable.

Despite this missed opportunity however, the story still manages to be funny, poignant, and extremely engaging. I can think of few people who wouldn't like at least something about Digger, and so I would recommend that everyone who sees this reads at least the first chapter. You won't regret it.