Smackjeeves (Indepedent Comic Publishing Platform)
(W) & (A): Jaclyn Weber
We live in a world where every person has an equal chance of causing destruction. We also live in a world because we have the potential to be good. However, it’s up to us to decide which path we want to take. This will be my only warning going forward, A Woman of Dust contains graphic nudity and it’s not advised for young readers.
“A Woman of Dust,” by Jaclyn Weber, takes place in a distant galaxy far away. Chara is an Eternal, an alien species with god-like powers and lengthy lifespans. She is a nomadic alien and doesn’t stay in one place for too long. One day, she gets captured by another Eternal named Eirlys, another woman with a history of dealing with other Eternals that cause destruction. Eirlys feels that Chara could destroy the planet she lives on and its inhabitants. It’s up to Chara to convince Eirlys otherwise and figure out who Eirlys truly is on the inside.
I need to say that this story is NOT about Stockholm syndrome. The summary I’ve given seems quite sinister, but that is not the case. The story tries to tackle recovering from our distant past with current versions of ourselves. While both women are gifted with long life-spans, they aren’t gifted morally speaking. I love how Jaclyn Weber attempts to discuss how every being is flawed and has a choice in their actions. Even for god-like beings like the Eternals, they have made disastrous decisions and have caused havoc around themselves. It’s nice to see how they evolve as people in general.
I don’t think that there are a lot of comics that delve into how people aren’t naturally good or bad. For the most part, people with a “dark” history remain stuck in their past for a specific reason. I particularly like how this comic keeps up with modern themes such as open communication, forgiveness, PTSD, etc.
While it is common to see these themes in other comics, it’s rare to see all of the gory details of someone’s past.
I like Chara as a character and I’m quite surprised by how level-headed she is. While she is someone who tries to be friendly and open, she knows how to ground herself and overreact emotionally. She is someone who respects boundaries and loves to understand the universe around her. In my opinion, I would love to interview her if she was a real person. Eirlys is a character with a lot of depth and is very introverted. However, the level of introversion she has is directly related to her past. I love her reserved personality and her kindness in how she provides knowledge to people. I need to note that she is not a scholar, rather she is someone who wants people to grow and thrive.
The art style is very surreal and Jaclyn Weber uses a variety of colors throughout the story. I like the aesthetic of a surreal background as it helps me focus more on the characters. However, I love the intricacy Jaclyn Weber uses on people’s clothes. It’s an odd thing to note, but it helps distinguish every character. (As a side note, I really like their handwriting. It’s really elegant and neat!)
Overall, this a nice comic that focuses on growth and understanding. You shouldn’t read this if you’re tired. However, I believe you should read this if you want to see a tale of change. The characters were created pretty well and the art style is very beautiful. This comic is for the person who wants to see an LGBT rendition of Beauty and the Beast for adults. If you want to read this comic, click here for more details.