(Two in one day for opening day: Don’t get used to it.)
Author: Andrea L. Peterson
Updated: May be over, but decent-sized archive. Leaves off in the middle of the story.
I must admit, I do have a soft spot for anything involving fairy tales. I don’t mean Disney’s nerf-padded bull, I mean the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the ones where bad children get eaten alive and if you aren’t pure then your father will chop off your hands. No Rest for the Wicked follows Princess November (Multiple tales, such as Princess and the Pea, etc), in her quest to find the moon. You see, ever since the moon disappeared she has been a utter insomniac, which any binge caffeine drinker knows is only fun for a little while. Characters include Puss (Puss in Boots), Red (Little Red Riding Hood), Beauty and the Beast, and so on. This isn’t your Little Nemo– watching, apple juice-drinking child’s fairy tale, though. Puss is all grown up and rather anthropomorphic, with adult sensibilities. Red has become almost completely sociopathic, as well as more than a little axe-crazy. The whole story is wonderfully dark, and quickly rose on my list of favorite plots.
The art is pretty good, although it mostly lacks color and is a bit sketchy. The style does not detract from the story, however, and I find myself enjoying certain clever pieces of artwork when they come along. It’s just one of those “know it when you see it” things. Although, Peterson does throw red in certain places, esp. with Red’s cloak (I wonder why) giving the art a bit of a noir feel, which I always thoroughly enjoy.
The plot moves quickly along without losing story, as well as squeezing quite a few fairy-tale characters in on the side. Along with the main story arc, it includes a few side ones about a prince who is hopelessly picky and the marriage of November to the Boy (the Boy Who Knew No Fear). It’s not exactly a fast-paced plot, but it’s not exactly LOST-worthy either. Plus, it’s the journey not the destination, eh?
The characters are fairly static but have enough personality that they do not become boring after only a few pages. Plus, with the plethora of supporting characters, it never gets old.
The only complaint that I have about No Rest for the Wicked is that it hasn’t updated in a very, very long time. Yes, I understand that some people simply can’t keep it up forever, but did she need to stop in the middle of a plot line?
Of course, some would say that being angry at an interrupted story is a sign of a good one. I still hold King’s Needful Things as one of my favorite stories because when one of the characters died I wanted to throw the book in a fire because of it. At any rate, read this comic.