Almost a month after the release of aa5, and I still have too many angsty lawyer feels D:
I almost never draw comics, so doing one this long was really daunting at first. I did enjoy the process though, and I have a lot to learn in terms of storytelling in comic form. Also, I totally gave Apollo burn and wound scars because I ain’t buying that “magically healing” business he pulled near the end of case 5 >_>.
Drawing comics is hard. Drawing comics is really hard, from the planning out of panels to figuring out how to make it flow properly and everything. As someone who reads a lot of comics, this one reads really well to me; I knew exactly where my eyes were supposed to go, I knew how the story was supposed to flow. I love how you got everything across with very little words, only action panels, which is pretty difficult to do in comics. I always admire people who can do that.
As for the story itself, holy balls, this is heartbreaking and sad and believable and so many other things. I can only imagine how lost Apollo feels, having lost his closest friend (of ten years, even!), yet you really get it across here. He’s solemn, his shoulders hang, he doesn’t greet his other friends, he gets overwhelmed by the reporters, it all adds up to show the cloud of grief that over his head right now, which I wish the game would have done (grave scene, anyone?). I love the art, I love how you gave everyone a different facial structure, and it’s most noticeable in Apollo and Phoenix. Different facial features/structures is a hard thing, and even pros have trouble with it, yet there it is! I love seeing these things in art, it really shows just how much the artist loves what they’re doing and what all they’ve accomplished.
ALL OF THAT ASIDE, this is wonderful! And thank you for tearing my soul to pieces while reading this and making me bawl like a baby inside. Awesome job!