Webcomic Wednesdays: Dents

Being a twin can be rough; everyone is always confusing one for the other and assumes they like the same things.  But what if being a twin was an automatic death sentence?

Eleanor Riley has lived her entire life in the city, quarantined from the wilds, where the Dents live.  Dents are twins, born with awesome power, killed on sight per the orders of Concord.  But one day, Eleanor loses her temper, and discovers she is a Dent, separated at birth so the secret stayed hidden.  Now on the run, she escapes the city and searches for her long-lost aunt, Chloe, in hopes of reuniting with her sister Jacqueline.  However, Grace Hall, ruler of Concord, has grown tired of the wild Dents; her solution is to kidnap children and train them into her own personal army.  And she has Jacqueline.  Eleanor, Chloe, and the other Dents must now defeat Grace Hall, save the captives, and show the world once and for all that Dents are humans as well.

Eleanor’s discovery of her powers.

Created and written by Beth Behrs and Matt Doyle, Dents takes its influence from eighties and nineties era cartoons, such as X-men and Captain Planet, combining the humans vs. mutants with elemental powers trope.  The back story is not complicated:  there was an epidemic, a vaccine was created, and then the Dents appeared and everyone started fighting.  Simple, but this allows for focus on the characters and their journeys.  It is also nice to see a set of villains who are simply villains.  Lately, the trend is to humanize villains, to show they are not pure evil.  But Grace Hall is, and it’s wonderful to watch her work, nasty as it is, delivered with a cold detachment.  The writers are not afraid to show violence, as seen when one man is beaten by an evil Dent: instead of simply hitting the victim in the head and having blood leaking from a wound, they show an eyeball being wrenched from the socket.

The artwork is also reminiscent of eighties and nineties cartoons: correct anatomical proportion and primary colors.  The art is handled by a team, with Sid Kotian on pencils and ink, Taylor Esposito as letterer, and colors by the Komikaki Studio featuring Kevin Liew.  Similar to the X-men series,  the powers are not very flashy, no ten-panel buildup here.  At most, a colored light will appear around a Dent’s hands, but the main action is the element in use.  Even better, the twins are not carbon copies of each other, showing just enough similarity to indicate relations, but each character, twin or not, is an individual in both looks and dress.  As with most comics at Web Toons, music accompanies each episode, adding a layer to reading.

Ann (L) and Mari (R), twins with the power of earth

Dents wrapped up season one in October of 2016 and more has been promised.  Until season two comes out, you can read the first at Webtoons.com.

SJ Pendergraft

SJ Pendergraft is a writer who enjoys webcomics, so she decided to combine the two and became a webcomic reviewer.

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