People always ask me what I think of various webcomics, so I decided to start collecting my thoughts in one place!

Ava’s Demon

What is it: A bunch of kids possessed by demons have space adventures and are sad

The Good: Extremely good art. High production value

The Bad: Bland writing, weak characters, one-panel-per-page format

The Terrible: Multiple controversies involving “sexy” or straight-up pornographic content involving child characters who are “aged-up” slightly

You should read it if: Learning that the Wrath demon is named “Wrathia” doesn’t strike you as comically dumb

Awkward Zombie

What is it: It’s a comic that makes jokes about video games

The Good: It’s the best comic that makes jokes about video games

The Bad: If you haven’t played the game in question, you might not get the jokes. Oddly hard to find a good cover image for use in quick guide pages

You should read it if: You like jokes about video games

Camp Weedonwantcha

What is it: A bunch of kids are left at summer camp forever by parents who’ve abandoned them to die. Wacky comedy and feel-good moments ensue.

The Good: Cute adventures with kids, reminiscent of some of the better Nicktoons from the 90s. Surprisingly emotionally effective when it wants to be.

The Bad: While the ending is satisfying in its own way, many plot threads go unresolved

The Terrible: Nickelodeon bought the rights and is sitting on them.

You should read it if: You like slice of life adventures with blasts of dark humor and feels

Cloudscratcher

What is it: Ducktales, with Genocide!

The Good: Cute and generally likable characters. Decently paced

The Bad: Doesn’t really excel at anything. Weirdly insistent about totally not being a furry comic even though it obviously is.

The Terrible: The author is a white nationalist.

You should read it if: You like 80s cartoons and hate minorities

Cornucopia

What is it: A ninja is sent on a mission to literally steal candy from a nation of morons, fails.

The Good: Good art and well-paced storytelling. Clever use of different types of word balloons. High joke-per-page ratio

The Bad: Doofy tone may not be your cup of tea

You should read it if: You like JelloApocalypse’s videos on YouTube, since he made this

Dresden Codak

What is it: A genius inventor has wacky adventurers, then goes to a flying city and spends most of the comic’s run embroiled in a conspiracy run by evil anime villains.

The Good: The drawings are pretty. The early comedy adventures are quirky and charming.

The Bad: Panel layout and composition, especially early in Dark Science, is atrocious. Presents the comic as a feminist power fantasy, but the main character usually has her tits out and has had her clothes burnt off on multiple occasions.

The Terrible: The author is a notorious jerk. As of this writing, The Dark Science storyline has been running for eight years and has yet to reach a triple-digit number of pages, even though it’s a full-time job for which Diaz earns $4,000+/mo on Patreon.

You should read it if: You thought the best part of Ghost in the Shell was the lesbian orgy boat.

Drop Out

What is it: Two girlfriends go on a road trip to kill themselves in style

The Good: Short enough to be read in one sitting. Surprisingly good visual storytelling for a first comic. Realistic dialogue and high tension keeps you engaged even when not much is happening. Subtle details that don’t become apparent until a second read reward paying attention.

The Bad: Heavy subject matter. Lettering can be tough to read in early pages. If you don’t like webcomics about LGBT content, this is not the webcomic for you.

You should read it if: You like arty dramatic comics that deal with uncomfortable topics

Dumbing of Age

What is it: College students obsessed with late 80s-early 90s pop culture have relationship troubles

The Good: Of all the popular comics it’s trendy to shit on, this is by far the best.

The Bad: Awkward tonal shifts between serious relationship drama and wacky superhero adventures. Characters straddle the line between “sitcom obnoxious” and straight-up unlikable.

You should read it if: You like newspaper-style drama comics.

Gunnerkrigg Court

What is it: A girl attends a scientific school in a magical world that’s honestly not even slightly like Harry Potter but people say it is because they think J. K. Rowling invented British schools

The Good: Good art and fantastic panel composition. Slow-burning dark fantasy mystery.

The Bad: Takes a little while to find its groove

The Terrible: Boxbot

You should read it if: You like dark fantasy stories, or stories in general.

Homestuck

What is it: A kid wants to play a video game but it’s downstairs and he doesn’t feel like talking to his dad yadda yadda yadda the universe explodes. Was briefly ungodly popular.

The Good: High production values, many updates are music videos with excellent music. Great character writing, especially in Act 5

The Bad:The early part of the comic is brutally slow-paced, and is an impossible hurdle for some.

The Terrible: The ending is widely considered a major disappointment, and attempts to turn the comic into a franchise have been met with mixed reviews.

You should read it if: You want to see what the hell all those kids in grey face-paint at anime conventions were about

You should also consider: Just getting the music off the bandcamp, it’s really good.

Latchkey Kingdom

What is it: A girl goes on adventures in a magical land of idiots

The Good: Good but not overbearing comedy. Tight chapters. Strong side characters

The Bad: Patron bonus comics can make it hard to find your place when they appear.

The Neutral: Willa is a semi-silent protagonist, and often gets overshadowed by the wacky people she meets. Cerberus Syndrome, executed well

You should read it if: You like adventure, silly characters, and jokes about Dark Souls.

Least I Could Do

What is it: Rayne Summers is the best at everything and you should listen to him

The Good: This comic updates on time regularly. Sometimes it updates without word balloons by accident, making it surreally funny

The Bad: Poorly thought-out political rants; few jokes, severe overuse of beat panels, copy-pasted art,

The Terrible: Designed to go viral, not to be entertaining; makes panels wordless just so they can be used as preview images

You should read it if: You have committed horrible sins and wish to atone.

Moby: Back from the Deep

What is it: A zombie killer whale attacks a small town.

The Good: The art is nice

The Bad: Egregious overuse of narration.

The Terrible: It’s a beat for beat ripoff of the movie Jaws, down to some characters having their names only marginally changed from their Jaws counterpart (e.g. “Alex Gardener” is the name of the Alex Kintner analogue)

You should read it if: You can’t find a Jaws torrent.

Mokepon

What is it: A dickhead teenager is forced on a Pokemon adventure

The Good: Good action scenes, nice manga-style art. Notable improvement in art and storytelling over time.

The Bad: Rough opening, with weebier art and more generic “It’s pokemon, but EDGY!” approach.

You should read it if: You liked Pokemon Special

Monster Pulse

What is it: Kids’ internal organs become sentient external organs, and they have to keep it a secret from an evil orginization.

The Good: Cool twist on the surprisingly rare monster pet genre. Not afraid to upend the status quo

The Bad: No real obvious flaws, but if you don’t find the premise interesting, you probably won’t like it.

You should read it if: You liked Digimon and Animorphs as a kid

The Monster Under The Bed

What is it: A teenager finds a demon girl under his bed, rom-com ensues

The Good: Cute anime-esque premise

The Bad: Lots of cutaways to demon women with their tiddies out for no purpose beyond demon women with their tiddies out. Some may consider this a pro. Egregious use of photos instead of drawing backgrounds, making outdoor scenes look awful

The Terrible: For a comic about teenagers, it sure is horny!

You should read it if: You like Japanese animes

Narbonic

What is it: A shlubby loser gets a job working for a mad scientist. Mad sciencey things occur, and the comic experiences an incredible jump in quality in the back half

The Good: Short comic, comfy and easy to read. The best and most satisfying ending arc of any webcomic ever.

The Bad: Some “LOLRANDOM” humor, especially early on.

The Terrible The first few comics are almost literally unreadable due to messy handwritten lettering and low quality scans.

You should read it if: You love seeing a story build to a proper conclusion. You don’t mind a rough start.

Paranatural

What is it: Kids bust ghosts in a parody of shounen anime tropes

The Good: Good banter, creative panel layouts, and characters you want to root for.

The Bad: The story rapidly increases in scale, causing the pacing to grind to a halt in later chapters because there are dozens of characters to track, such that a dodgeball game lasts a full 60 pages while characters establish beats that will pay off later.

You should read it if: You liked Bleach before it became Dragonball

Prequel -or- Making A Cat Cry: The Adventure

What is it: An Elder Scrolls fanfiction, in which an alcoholic catgirl heads to a new land to try to make a better life, and generally fails.

The Good: Inventive use of the web as a storytelling medium. Great character writing. Likeable protagonist.

The Bad: Can be depressing, especially early on. Occasionally ventures into heavy subject matter.

The Terrible: Update schedule can be charitably described as “never”

You should read it if: You like slow burn character development. You like stories where the protagonist has a hard time

Questionable Content

What is it: Humanity achieves a technological utopia in the background while hipsters in Massachusetts complain about their dating lives.

The Good: A rotating menagerie of quirky cute girls. Had a major trans character before it was cool.

The Bad: The comic’s about whatever Jeph Jacques feels like it being about right now, so subplots, minor characters, and even protagonists can disappear for long stretches. Sci-fi backdrop is interesting but unexplored. Attempts at social commentary are often confused, especially when mixed with the sci-fi elements.

You should read it if: You want a comfy and diverse slice-of-life comic.

The Rock Cocks

What is it: Two losers decide to quit their lives and commit to living as a rock band and having explicit sex

The Good: Opening does a good job of making the characters likable underdogs. Dicks and tiddies.

The Bad: The rock band stuff backs a back seat to the sex as it morphs into a full-on porn comic.

The Terrible The discussions of how great the band is can feel more masturbatory than the porn at times, and the once-underdog main characters start to just kind of win everything as the series becomes pure wish fulfillment

You should read it if: You play with your peepee to AC/DC

Scurry

What is it: In a world where all the humans are dead, a colony of mice struggles to survive

The Good: Exceptional art. Cool premise and characters

The Bad: Writing is fine, but story feels a little directionless

You should read it if: You like good art and the secret of Nimh

Sinfest

What is it: A gag a day strip that morphs into a feminist strip that morphs into an anti-porn polemic that morphs into a mental breakdown

The Good: Cute art

The Bad: The story is highly metaphorical but inconsistent on what metaphors mean, causing it to become confusing. Plots and characters are often dropped. Despite being a feminist comic, the female cast is poorly developed. For a political comic, it offers no solutions and seems content to wallow in misery. Ambiguously transphobic

The Terrible: It’s a second-wave feminist allegory written by the TimeCube guy

You should read it if: You like making fun of bad comics

Skin Horse

What is it: In the Torchwood to Narbonic’s Doctor Who, a secret agent team consisting of a zombie, a dog, and a cross-dressing therapist help cryptids lead normal lives at the behest of their boss, a sentient swarm of bees.

The Good: Well-crafted, lots of good little storytelling tricks to pick up on and learn from, impressive ability to keep finding new jokes about how robots talk strange without it feeling strange. Wifeable water-cooler.

The Bad: While less LOLRANDOM than Narbonic, can still feel like a series of zany concepts getting thrown at you. If you don’t like this kind of thing, this isn’t the kind of thing you like. Contains mild spoilers for Narbonic.

You should read it if: The “what is it” part didn’t scare you off, and you like comics that reward you for thinking about subtle things.

Sleepless Domain

What is it: A moderately grimdark magical girl series

The Good: Strong worldbuilding through visual storytelling, both artists are good

The Bad: Somewhat slow pacing, there’s an artist change partway in

You should read it if: You liked Madoka Magica, but it wouldn’t make your top three magical girl series.