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I started reading Ava's Demon after caving into peer pressure, and I admit I was more impressed than I thought I might be. The art, as has been stated by other reviewers, is gorgeous and the world-building is some of the best sci-fi I've seen in a while. The characters are compelling and unique from one another, and I feel that further on in the story this will only increase as we learn more about them and they learn more about each other.
However, it updates panel by panel rather than comic by comic like other webcomics and this means that it takes a very, very long time for more story to arrive. As of writing this review, updates have been non-existant for months, and in all of 2015 there have been only a handful of them full stop. Because of this I would recommend reading Ava's Demon when and if it is ever completed, or to be prepared for a lot of very long gaps between updates.
This is easily one of the best webcomics that I follow. The artwork is superb even at the beginning before the art evolution fully developed. The characters are memorable and their interactions help set the tone and pacing of each scene well. What I really like is the subtlety of the storytelling, many chapters are able to go for many pages without needing to have dialogue. The colors and lighting help convey moods and details often about the relations of character themselves. With the new updating schedule now posting content twice a week, the awesome art, and the dynamic story, this is one webcomic I heartily recommend checking out.
Ava's Demon, a glance at the frontpage of the website tells you that this is going to special. I'm not a big fan of gimmicks in webcomics (and there are animated sections at the end of each chapter which I don't particularly like, but are easily skippable), but there is something about using the borders of the image that is actually very powerful. Squares are a very unnatural and sharp shape so perhaps breaking it up helps the eye take in the page better. Unsounded does it to great effect to.
And the comic itself gives the same impression of a creator who has a real vision for what she wants to happen. Each page is gorgeous and simple. It communicates a lot through the beautiful artwork, but despite my expectations it's not confusing or so artsy that there isn't also a solid story behind there. There can be slow sections, but they always pick up into weightier sections full of information and goings on.
The art gives tone to everything and every detail seems to have a purpose, there are definite colour schemes to the entities, Ava's demon has glowing red embery pages, whereas pages concerning the totalitarian Titan (whether his followings or his backstory) are a colder more ordered blue.
Perhaps that's putting people off, because it's a very obvious* for what we've seen so far colouring, but it works because they don't devote any word space or dialogue to spelling it out for you. Instead of reinforcing something already meant to be picked up by the events of the comic, the colouring is the clue to Titan's (supposed) personality and we're supposed to be reading it.
In fact this is the first time the colour scheme has filled in a plot point for me. It was only later when they were giving backstory about a character that I realised the school at the beginning was very similar looking and it probably meant that the school was related to that character.
I'm impressed with what I've seen so far and when it's course comes to an end this has the opportunity of being something very precious. Everything feels cohesive and the writing and storytelling is strong enough to support the beautiful pictures.
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