Webcomics are nothing new – in fact, many have been going for years and years, and represents a lot of great, usually free content – but they can also be daunting to slog through with so much backlog. So when a brand new, high-quality webcomic begins, it’s noteworthy; you can easily get caught up and stay caught up. And when one is as promising as We Race? Bookmark it.
We Race (www.weracecomic.com) is a shiny new webcomic concerning an uncertain future where car racing is far more than entertainment. The art is lovely, as you’d expect from Riccardo Burchielli. He’s known primarily in the states for his work on the DC/Vertigo comic DMZ. We Race is written by a fellow Italian, Giulio Antonio Gualtieri. The story is just beginning, but so far there’s intrigue, action, character building, and – sorry to beat this dead horse – some crushingly good art. Enhancing the pencils is the interface itself; the web presentation is just so slick. The graphical elements move, just a little, as you scroll down, giving it a sort of an extra boost of dynamism to already dynamic art. And the music and sound effects change as you charge through the story, making it more immersive than comics usually are.
Now, the racing… we imagine the car racing details are really more interesting for racing fans than the casual fan. Which is not to say it’s only for racing aficionados, just that some of the references are probably over the heads of your typical comics reader. The details are understood in context, and the story doesn’t suffer for it.
We have no hesitation recommending everyone check We Race out – for one thing, it’s free; for another, it’s, thus far, about as high quality of a sci-fi story as you’ll find on the Web.
Images: We Race