Webcomic: Romantically Apocalyptic
Creator: Vitaly S. Alexius (and his team)
Format: Full color, painted comic book pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Post Apocalyptic Future
Themes: Technology, madness, absurdity
Characters: Captain, Snippy, Pilot, Engie, various cyber monsters
Archive: Over 200 pages beginning here.
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of R.A. and benefit greatly from Vitaly’s generous link exchange he did with me some time ago. But hey, it’s my birthday today, so I get to review what I want.
Romantically Apocalyptic is a comic that reminds me a lot of the epic gaming illustrations one might see in Gamma World or other post-apocalyptic RPG’s. The story is extremely loose, but has something to do with the end of the world and the strange survivors that roam the apocalyptic wastes.
I have to be honest and say, most times I tune in, I have no idea what’s going on. The Captain will say something silly and whimsy and Snippy will get attacked by a giant mollusk or something. The group of characters is often on a mission whose parameters are never quite known and various cyber creatures and mutant offspring alternatively help and/or try to stop them.
I think I like R.A. because it’s visuals are constantly hinting at what might have been or what might be, but never quite telling you what’s going on. The Captain or “Zee Captain” is constantly showing up in strange places or discovering strange items that somehow survived the apocalypse. The other characters end up being led around by this seemingly whimsical madman who is either saving humanity or just screwing around. You can never be sure which.
Like I said, I like this comic a lot and can’t get enough of the visuals. If you’re looking for something plot heavy, this is definitely not it, but if you’re looking for epic dystopian landscapes and strangeness, by all means tune in.