Island Hoppers is a fun seafaring adventure story filled with wacky hijinks, daring-do, and lots of good old-fashioned voyaging. I haven’t found a lot of webcomics that have a focus on sailing so that shelf is a bit bare so I’m happy that I’ve found another to add to it!
Our story opens up with the young man named Naveen, a very nervous fellow looking to hire some strong muscly types to help defend the island from some sort of invasion. The usual patrons of the bar he goes to aren’t around so he ends up with two women named Marin and Tsura who are quick to help and even quicker to start questioning whether or not what Naveen is doing is right.
After a quick kidnapping and an explanation or two later we learn that the “invasion” Naveen was so worried about was just some merfolk moving up on land thanks to a gang called the Lagoons having taken over their underwater village. What follows is probably one of the most ridiculous and downright corny fights I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It’s so over the top in some scenes while just plain goofy in others and I adore every second of it. Of course, the heroes win and go along their merry way to new adventures on the high seas, and so ends chapter one.
As far as first chapters go, this is a pretty damn good one. It does its job of introducing and establishing characters, we get to see some of their abilities and powers, and most importantly we get a cliche goodbye scene as Naveen leaves his home to join Marin and Tsura in their travels, and I’m a sucker for a tearful departure.
The art is very expressive if that’s a good way of putting it. Not just the characters facial expression, but their body language and even the backgrounds are full of so much detail it’s obvious a lot of hard work went into each page. There are a few pages that can feel a little too busy, but I only started feeling that way on subsequent read-throughs as I sorted my thoughts on the comic itself.
All in all, this is a top-notch comic and I am so looking forward to the next update.
And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
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