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The Webcomics You Should Be Reading – A New Brand of Hero

The Webcomics You Should Be Reading – A New Brand of Hero

Webcomics are a double-edged sword. They are easy to find, update fairly often, never sell out (because…digital), and the creators are ingenious and highly interactive with their Internet fans. Because there are so many webcomics, a few true gems often get buried among the search results.

If you want to up your webcomic roster, then make sure you have these comics to your rotation:

Agents of the Realm

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Photo Credit: Mildred Louis/Agents of the Realm

Agents of the Realm is an enthralling story that follows five college freshmen (Norah, Adele, Kendall, Paige, Jordan) who discover their newfound destiny as protectors of Earth as well as a sister dimension. Each Agent is responsible for safeguarding an Amulet, which harnesses the energy of past Agents and can be used by the owner. The energy manifests itself through the unique weapons that are gifted to the Agents.

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Photo Credit: Mildred Louis/Agents of the Realm

The women, whose ages range from 18-20, bring eclectic personalities to the mix when the powers of the Amulets force their paths to cross. The Agents work together to protect humanity from evil and balance the ever-present struggles of college life. Illustrated and written by Mildred Louis, majority of Agents of the Realm’s heroines are women of color and the comic tackles a myriad of real issues including eating disorders, self-harm, and alcoholism. The brilliant artwork and the often witty yet always stellar dialogue will make you want to dive into a binge reading session. Agents of the Realm updates every Thursday and Sunday, but it is currently on Intermission so now is a great time to dig through the archives and catch up.

 

The Substitutes

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Photo Credit: Myisha Haynes/The Substitutes

There’s nothing better than finding a brand new adventure to follow. The Substitutes recently made its Tumblr debut in September 2015 and the storyline appears to be promising. In the comic, three roommates (Emilio, Bianca, and Freddie) inherit magical weapons and a ton of responsibility to go with their newfound inheritance. The problem is – it’s all an accident. After powerful figures fall from grace, it is up to the unlikely trio to step up and become instant heroes to someone else’s saga. The plot has comedic yet “self-discovery” vibes written all over it and is starting off as an interesting ride. Right now, the brains behind The Substitutes, Myisha Haynes, is currently laying out the background story of the original heroes for the audience.

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Photo Credit: Myisha Haynes/The Substitutes

The soon-to-be ex-heroes, simply known as the Knight, Engineer, and Mage, are seen exchanging smug commentary at an ancient temple while slaying an evil fire man. The replacements have yet to make an appearance, but from the looks of this picture, they don’t initially appear to be thrilled about their new gear.

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Photo Credit: Myisha Haynes/The Substitutes

The Substitutes is currently issuing out new material bi-weekly on Tuesdays but hopefully updates will become more frequent as the audience grows. To start keeping up with The Substitutes, follow them on Tumblr or read the latest update here.

 

Girl Genius

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Photo Credit: Studio Foglio LLC/Girl Genius

This veteran comic may already be a part of your arsenal, but it is still definitely worth a mention for those who haven’t been exposed to the world of Agatha Heterodyne (Clay), a martial arts aficionado who chooses to use her intelligence to outsmart enemies. The comic combines the Victorian era with sci-fi elements and details the battles between Sparks – scientists with supernatural powers in different sectors of science. Agatha discovers she is one of the last members of the Heterodyne family, which was comprised of dangerous yet powerful Sparks.

Agatha balances her continual battle to restore her heritage, free the fictional land of Europa from oppression, and balance romantic drama. Girl Genius, which is described as a “Gaslamp fantasy” by co-creator Kaja Foglio, has origins back to the early 2000s as a traditional comic book. Since then, the creators have written three successful Girl Genius books and garnered several awards including a 2013 Hugo award for “Best Graphic Story.” If you are a new reader, you can venture back on the website to the beginning of the story and take time to dig through the massive collection. The website also offers hard copy versions of the ongoing drama for newfound fans and long-time supporters alike. Get into Girl Genius right now!

 

These comics are packing a major punch with tons of diversity, powerful heroines, and winning storylines. With literally years of total material available for consumption, boredom should never be a part of your vocabulary. Check these awesome comics out, support the artists, and if you love them, spread the word!

Feature Photo Credit: Mildred Louis/Agents of the Realm

 

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