This week’s pick of the week is The Meek by Der-shing Helmer.
The first thing you should know about the Meek is that it’s awesome. The second thing you should know is that the first chapter features a female character who is shirtless, but it’s not overt and blatant nudity and is a natural part of the storyline and actually makes one of the other characters uncomfortable (it’s notable since it may be NSFW).
About the comic: “The Meek is a graphic novel about Angora, an inexperienced young girl who has been sent on a quest to save the world. War looms on the horizon, and at its helm is the Emperor of the North and his hellish adviser. The two countries are overwhelmed with as much terror, crime, disease and revolution as they are with those who wish to create peace. Armed with only her instincts and an unexplainable power, she must experience and judge the world—and decide once and for all if it is truly worth saving.”
If you’re looking for a clinic on character expressions, the Meek is it. As you can see by the character in the header of this post (Luca an emperor who’s wife had just been poisoned in that frame), the characters expressions are emphatic, but not over exaggerated. The comic features three main characters and a lot of supporting characters.
Angora is a teenaged girl who, up until recently, had been living in a commune in the jungle. When her “grandfather” sends her into civilization, Angora is forced to grow up a little faster than she had expected. Luca deSadar is the leader of the Pasori peoples, and the Emperor of the Northern Territories. Despite his strangle- hold on the north, he finds himself losing his grip on his family, his people, and perhaps his sanity. Soli Areni has got a job to do, and that job is to kill her ex-boyfriend. With help from her talented 12-year-old side- kick, she might be able to gather enough resources to find the bastard and finish him off once and for all.
Typically we post some of the comics of the Pick of the Week here, but ‘The Meek’ is a full page comic so we’re featuring just a snippet of each page. You owe it to yourself to go check out the site to see the comic in it’s full context. Just click on each comic and it will take you to that page on the site. I’m sure Der-shing Helmer would appreciate the pageviews!
For example the story starts following Angora through the jungle on her way to being thrown into a new stage in her life:
The Meek “began in 2009, and will be posted online until it finishes” and “is currently updating at the pace of one or two pages per week, on randomly chosen days”.
There is a certain simplicity and eye for detail that defines ‘The Meek’. Here are two examples from Chapter 2 in the Emperor’s palace:
The architecture and wallpaper are notable here
The expressions here are great
It really is a fast moving and engaging comic. A couple more examples to help state the case for Pick of the Week:
Expressions through a veil? Done…errr well done.
Scenic detail? Done and done.
What’s that? You’re still here and you haven’t run over to read ‘The Meek’? Then you must be dying to share a comment about it!