Monique MacNaughton previously wrote a review about the sci-fi plot of this series, but what I find amazing is the authors' very sophisticated artwork and subtle use of coloring. The vivid little 200 by 76 banner for Nekko and Joruba is but wordless, but it visually promises exactly what the webcomic delivers. The colors that the authors have selected work particularly well with the artificial radiance of the computer screen, and help create a powerful feeling of light and depth. In the outdoor scenes, this attention to color and composition also ensures that the world-building is spectacular.
For Joruba Valesco, the loss of her mother was world-shaking. Now, her father's transfer to Mars takes that very world from under her feet, with more surprises - and dangers - to come.
Joruba's journey to Mars with her father turns out to be no routine trip. Still mourning the death of her mother, she must contend with loneliness, dislocation and the stresses of growing up against the backdrop of an interplanetary voyage with some dangerous surprises in the offing. Suddenly, Joruba is thrust into a situation where her very survival is at stake, but she is joined by two extraordinary companions as she escapes a shipwreck and strikes out across the surface of a terraforming Mars. Will she ever see Daddy again?
This storyline is wistfully evocative of Robert Heinlein's best "juvenile novels", Red Planet and Podkayne of Mars. If you like a somewhat more grown-up and updated version of that theme, Nekko and Joruba may be right up your alley.
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