Length: Series (updated every Friday)
Platforms: Mobile and Desktop
Dents is a sleekly produced, post-apocalyptic series about outcasts with supernatural powers, a la The X-Men. With memorable characters, a solid story, and an emotive soundtrack, it’s a great web comic and a prime example of digital storytelling.
Note: When viewing the comic, make sure you press the audio button near the top of the screen – the music adds a lot!
The story follows Eleanor, a 14-year-old girl living in a dystopian future. It’s the year 2111: Climate change has melted the ice caps, exposing a dormant virus that kills billions. And when a vaccine is created to combat this virus, a new breed of human is born. Called the “Dents,” these are pairs of twins that, due to the vaccine, are born with the ability to control earthly elements (fire, water, earth, etc.)
Eleanor, of course, discovers she’s a Dent, and the story follows her as she escapes the authorities, befriends other Dents, and struggles to survive in a world hostile to her kind.
While the story isn’t wholly original and certainly nods at other post-apocalyptic stories – not to mention everyone’s favorite mutants – the premise does make for an action-packed comic. The high stakes, authoritarian villains, and romance are all on point; I found myself hooked after the first couple of installments.
Interestingly, Dents is available on LINE Webtoon platform, one of a few different services (the others being Spottoon and Tapastic, though there may be more) that acts as a portal to access a wide range of Korean web comics.
Though most webtoons are simple vertical scrollers, what makes Dents unique is that every single episode has a soundtrack, which adds a cinematic element to the whole experience (it’d be great to see more web comics follow suit).