Reviews: Unicorn Jelly

A Lot Of Sound And Fury.

Jennifer Diane Reitz really wants to be special, and that fact is pretty evident in her writing. From strip one, its clear she wants to be the next George Lucas, the next Hideaki Anno, the next great author of the next great epic. It's a shame she tries too damn hard. If you want to know who the Mary Tzu is in this webcomic, you don't have to look very hard. Chou, the ill girl who could've been a fleshed out character of her own (at least, before her transformation, perhaps adding an extra layer of characterization) is instantly transformed into a deux-ex-machina infodump supercomputer, a role rendered unnecessary by deuteragonist Lupiko and the show-don't-tell rule, which Reitz absolutely refuses to follow. Reitz gets a lot of acclaim from her fans for the intricate plotting of her science-fiction, but she is at her best, (at least, in this story) when focusing on the roots of her character's familial dysfunction and strife. Write What You Know, I guess.

A surprisingly deep depiction of human nature.

As this webcomic starts, it seems to be a fairly lighthearted fantasy. What it becomes by the end, however, is an epic and surprisingly dark science fiction story, dealing with a universe completely alien and different from our own and spanning millenia.

Despite this massively different setting, the story deals mostly with something much closer to real life: human nature. Every human character is exactly that: human. Although some characters do truly monstrous things, they do so with what is, to them, good reason. Much of the cast are murderers or worse.

But every character ultimately believes that the things they do serve a better end. Some characters sacrifice their bodies, lives, hopes, or dreams for others, simply because it was necessary.

Unicorn Jelly is a masterpiece. Although some content may be offensive to some, it accurately depicts people in all their imperfection. And in the end, what started out small and seemingly shallow leads into a distant, yet undisputably bright future for an entire universe.

A Lovely Work

When I first read this comic, I went into it with absolutely no idea what to expect. I took it at it;a face value, and followed the characters along as the story progressed. I cried, and got mad, and got confused... but never for a minute did I stop enjoying it.

Milage may vary, and if you're not fond of Science Fiction then you might not like it... but I really adored it. It drops some Anvils, but these things happen.

The writing is intricate, the characters lovable, and the premise both goofy and almost disturbingly well though out. If you have the time, give this comic a chance.