William taps into everyone’s innate fear of stagnation and monotony and lingers until the last possible second making the pay off at the end that much more satisfying.
William is the story of the the titular character, a depressed anthropomorphic walrus going through the all too familiar struggle against depression and stagnation.
The story is bleak and dreary, effectively conveying the feeling of what melancholy feels like without getting too dark. It hovers between the grey areas of a happy tale and a sad one, mirroring the plight of our main character: a slow, steady trudge through existence, not completely happy yet not falling completely into full-on depression.
The art is pretty solid. It manages to tell a significant bulk of the story even without the assistance of of the writing at times. The creative use of panels help hammer home the feeling of a long and drawn out existence. There is one sequence in the comic that I can’t help but feel like I was punched in the gut because it was such a scary and all too real reflection of everyday monotony and pointlessness.
The writing comes in short poignant bursts, mainly with William talking in the first person. His monologues offer insight in to the confusion and helplessness that comes when dealing with the state of his depression. Oftentimes, he doesn’t know what is going on with himself or what he needs to get back on his feet. We’ve all been there. We know how that feels. And that’s where I think William succeeds in the most: It has a distinct feeling of relatability that you can instantly recognize and empathize with. You immediately feel for the main character from the first page onward. That’s why in the pay-off at the end there’s a sense of relief and satisfaction
Overall, William is cleverly paced and oddly satisfying. Never have I thought to describe a tale about a depressed walrus as relatable.
4 Depressed Walruses out of 5
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