The Island is an ongoing webcomic series set in a future Earth that has been ravaged by war. Anant, a sailor on an Indian naval submarine arrives on the island seeking the town of Peony Hill. He’s met by a strange young woman who offers to help. Nearby is also a Chinese aircraft carrier where an unknown disease has showed up and medical staff work to save the infected man while also discussing how best to protect the crew from an outbreak. The comic has adult themes including nudity and sex, so be warned if that isn’t your thing.
Like many web series this is an ongoing story and is not yet finished. Because of that there are a lot of missing pieces making it difficult to give my thoughts on the entire story. I can say it opens with some intriguing questions, which does make me want to find out more. We don’t know why Anant is on the island yet. We don’t know what happened in the town of Peony Hill. We also do not know the origin of the mysterious disease that has showed up on the Chinese ship. These are all questions that we have to have faith the writer will answer over the course of the series.
The art in the series is good, especially for a web comic. There a lot of detail in the art, especially architecture and machinery. In a lot of cases the backgrounds are washed out to draw your attention to the subjects in each panel. Overall the presentation of the comic itself is good. I wasn’t turned off right away by the art like I have been with some web comics before.
The one major criticism I would offer is the dialogue. Some of the dialogue is stilted, grammar is incorrect, and in some cases word choice is flat out wrong. The book could use an editor to at least touch up the typos and grammar issues. The story itself, so far, is fine though. Despite the issues with dialogue, I am curious to find out what happens next. That’s an important element to an ongoing comic like this. With pages delivered one at a time each page has to give the reader a reason to come back. If not that page then the previous one needs to have set up a very good reason to stick around.
If you’re looking for something new give The Island a shot. With it being free, there’s nothing to lose, and you will find a curious mystery.