It would seem that I am most drawn to comics (ha ha! “Drawn” to comics! Oh, I crack myself up!) that have an element of the fantastical about them. I'm sure that at some point I will write about a “slice of life” comic, but today is not that day.
So let's talk Dream*Scar! Created by Heather Meade, Dream*Scar is a fantasy webcomic set in a post-modern alternate reality, where the creatures of myth (vampires, werewolves, dragons, and so on) are real. In fact, their existence became public knowledge some twenty years before the comic takes place.
The story follows Vix, a regular high school student. Or is she? Weird and tragic things start happening around her and she keeps having the strangest dreams. When something horrible happens at her school, she is forced to flee her family, her school, and her friends, everything that she has ever known, and follow that mysterious guardian angel that has been looking out for her her entire life.
As Vix discovers her unhuman heritage, mysteries abound, not only about who she really is, but also about the unhuman presence at large. Will she ever figure out what's going on?
Stories with an element of the occult have been all the rage recently, but there are actually decent stories out there. And Dream*Scar is definitely one of them. I would venture to say that it is better than just decent, though at this point in the comic it is still difficult to say where the story will go. One thing I can say for sure is that Dream*Scar is one of my guilty pleasures. In fact, with romance possibly looming on the horizon, it's difficult not to start shipping certain characters! Though of course the canon relationships are yet to be revealed.
Clearly, they're meant to be!
As far as the story goes, I'm intrigued. What's going on with Vix? And what is it that everyone seems to be hiding from her? And what's up with her weird nightmare twin? Questions abound, and I can't wait for the answers!
On the art side of things, I think that the comic is an interesting blend of eastern and western artistic styles. The work is clearly inspired by manga, though there is a bit of a sense of western animation going on as well. And as always, I love seeing the artist's skills progress with each page.
And you know, the chapter covers. I love them. Perhaps I will set up a chapter cover gallery of the various chapter covers that I have drooled over.
Dream*Scar updates Fridays. If you are interested in the occult, and if you like mystery and possibly some romance, then Dream*Scar is worth checking out!
Images copyright of Heather Meade.