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A Year of Free Comics: IMMORALS offers a dark tale wrapped in a gorgeous package

The free web series is layered with intense imagery and poetry for a macabre story

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In the description for Immorals, creator Diaphorotes uses the following quote to sum up the feel of the web series:

 “The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.”

Au Lecteur – Charles Baudelaire

Two high school students fascinated by death are at the center of this free mystery series on Tapas. The black and white comic features gorgeously rendered panels in each episode, and every detail in the art is carefully thought out to create a specific step of the story. Even the most macabre parts of the tale are weirdly pretty.

As for the language, it is poetic. Mundane dialogue seems to move in a rhythm as well. There are simple teenage chats that are every day, but even here the words move in a cadence to keep in time with the other less conversational sections.

Our entrance into the world is Alyshia, a teenager who seems to float between home, school, and various social circles very quietly. But she’s always thinking, and sometimes her thoughts take a dark turn. As classmates prattle on about typical high school nonsense, she reminds herself that now they are nice to her, but they’d just as soon as talk about her behind her back. When the discussion about a deceased classmate comes up, Alyshia’s interest is suddenly piqued. While some think it was suicide, others say murder. Alyshia seeks out Frederick, a fellow student who seems just as melancholy and disconnected from school as she is. Will she ask Frederick to help her figure out what happened to the dead girl or is she just seeking a friend in the macabre?

To begin reading Immorals head over to Tapas. The comic updates every two weeks.

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