A few quick thoughts on Christopher Baldwin’s One Way, his newest webcomic project and another story with a large group of characters in a science fiction setting. His last webcomic Spacetrawler had a similar mix of elements and quickly became one of my favorites (and a whole lot of other people too). For me, the biggest difference at the outset between these two comics is the unlikeability of the characters in One Way. Initially I really hated each and every one of them, which does make it hard to identify with the story. However, by now Baldwin has earned a lot of trust from his readers and for me, I stuck with it. I think this story is a much larger gamble than the construct behind Spacetrawler but now that I’ve seen a few of the twists and plot points (and we can’t be any more than halfway into the story) in One Way, I’m starting to to care about this dysfunctional crew and wonder what fate has in store for them.
Christopher Baldwin is running a kickstarter for the third and last book collecting his science fiction webcomic Spacetrawler. If you’re not already reading this comic — go now. We’ll wait. Still here? Look Baldwin is like your favorite indy film director who has done some amazing work that you, person of taste, distinction and erudition appreciate and love. Now he’s done a take on a genre with his same intelligent and emotionally compelling approach as always. It’s a more accessible, more exciting and still just as much depth as his past work.
The past books looked great — I’m sure this one will too.
I read Spacetrawler by Christopher Baldwin religiously for a year or so but it was another one I lost track of. It’s a great webcomic but one that might ultimately work better in longer bits. Baldwin delivers a great bite of the comic in each update but he’s also so good at working over the longer arc of his story that the deeper layers are very rewarding and it’s not something you want to read, having forgotten much of the details of the earlier bits.
So – rereading from the start; hoping to catch up to current episodes very soon. Most of the comics have a lot of humor, Baldwin rarely goes for the biggest laugh but stays within the characters and usually paints a lot of colors from the emotional palette. You get sincerity, morality, guilt, jealously, perversion, greed and sorrow with your jokes.
The comic below is one that truly is funny, building on a string of jokes in the preceding updates, but also ends on a really terrifying left turn. Baldwin handles this all amazingly.