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When reading The Meek, I keep getting the feeling that we're leading up for something, that the audience is being purposefully kept in the dark until some kind of reveal can take place. But until that reveal shows up, or any, I really have a lot of trouble figuring out what's going on. The story drops us in the middle of the action, implying some cool stuff happened beforehand, but all we're seeing the results of it, displaying plot without context.
The Meek does have good things to its name:
But the one flaw still remains: Just get to what it's about. Is it about a girl who's traveling, and why? Is it about two country's politics, and why? Is it about the smuggling thieves' world, or about the traumas of a dictator? Who are these animal spirits? Why do a few characters suddenly have magical powers? What are these nations? What is supposed to be the objective? What on earth is going on?
You can tell me how The Meek's plot goes. But what is it about?
EDIT: See the comments for my copy/paste of the author's reply.
Given the pacing, it's going to be a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time before we find out. But I hope we do.
Here's the reply I got after I linked this review to the artist's Deviant Art page:
"You definitely have a valid question. By starting the story in media res (basically when you start off in the middle of a narrative) you automatically put a reader in an uncertain place... right now, by design, you should be feeling like you're interested but that there is a lot going on that you don't know about. Including the overall plot. As the story progresses the plot will start to resolve itself. I like to think about it as if someone from Mars dropped on Earth all of a sudden, there would be a bunch of stuff going on in different places that is important and interesting, but not necessarily a "plot," just a lot to figure out until you are sure of what the main conflicts are.
Unfortunately the way I've written the story doesn't super lend itself to me saying something concrete like "The Meek is about one girl's magical quest to reclaim the lost jewels of the space-dinosaur kingdom" or something, it's more of a "it's an adventure story set in some place" kind of thing XD Sorry about that! It gets really awkward at cons when people come up and ask me what the comic is about, usually I'm like "uhhhhhhh," lol. But I promise once we get to the point where I don't have to explain it to you, you will have stopped thinking about it XD"
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