Before getting down to business I’d like to give Shaneyah a huge thank you for covering Webcomics Wednesday in the preceding weeks, so check out her recommendations if you have not!
Now back to The Yellow Peril. It is not often I get to sing praises to my fellow Asian brothers, so for full disclosure, I am Asian, and I am going to be singing praises to a fellow Asian brother in this installment of Webcomics Wednesday. I first came across Jamie Noguchi’s work via Order of the Stick, which hosted the first book of Erfworld, a webcomic written Rob Balder and illustrated by Jamie. I was immediately struck by the quality of the art, and was particularly struck by how unapologetically unflattering the male lead was drawn, and I mean that in a very good way.
In The Yellow Peril, Jamie does all of the writing and the art, and both are executed excellently. The focus is on office life and relationships, and presented in a highly realistic, entertaining, and never melodramatic fashion. With its colorful office mates from the top floor down to the dungeon, the building of Pedanticorp (yes really) is well populated and balanced with a gamut of personality.
The dialogue is very much pull no punches dialogue which often seems amped up for the sake of being amped, with a very liberal seasoning of colorful metaphors, and use to great effect in conjunction with the wonderfully exaggerated expressions of the characters.
The depictions of office life are so close to being true to life that it is almost frustrating, evoking a visceral reaction from the reader, even more so than a viewing of Office Space. It is so realistic that at times that you just want to reach through the screen and choke a smug son of a … I am sorry where was I again? Anyway, great thought provoking material at times.
The multiracial cast is an incredibly strong point too, providing very positive examples of people whose ethnicities do not pigeonhole them into roles that the mainstream media has yet to satisfactorily convey. Everyone, regardless of race gets featured positively, presented intelligently and given plenty of opportunity to showcase the snark, with no one bearing the brunt of sidekick or butt-monkey. See, webcomics, this is why you are awesome.
And you know that tingling feeling you get when you see a particularly touching scene? Well there’s at least one of those too. Scratch that, there’s a whole lot of those moments. And if you’re like me, you live for those moments.
So, high marks all around, and check it out now!The Yellow Peril is also worth reading for the additions to the lexicon you shall harvest, notably “Jealousy Jeet Kun Do.” Oh, and I can’t forget the BLAZING SWORD BURGER EITHER.