Thursday, May 1, 2014

Comic Review: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja & Star Power

By. Temper 

I read a lot of webcomics. My webcomics bookmarks folder has around 20 pages that I read on a daily basis. Webcomics have been around for a long time, and they tend to be part of the lives of many geeks and nerds. My morning ritual isn’t complete without checking for updates on my reading list. Tonight, I give you two webcomics that are worth checking out.

Thirty five years old, a doctor, and a ninja. These are the descriptors of the main character of Christopher Hastings’ webcomic, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Launched in 2004, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is written and inked by Christopher Hastings, and colored by Anthony “Nedroid” Clark.  The comic is updated three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and centers on the adventures of Dr. McNinja, his secretary Judy, the signing Gorrilla, and Gordito, the twelve year old mustachioed pistolero, as they tend to patients with normal and not so normal ailments in Cumberland, Maryland. If this sounds ridiculous, that’s because it most certainly is. Dr.McNinja not only cures illness, but also fights enemies like Dracula, gorilla vampires, Dr. McLuchador, and his most difficult enemy, King Radical, all to keep the city of Cumberland and the rest of the world safe. Hastings is a brilliant comedy writer and a great artist, having written stuff for the iconic fourth wall breaker Deadpool, so it’s pretty much guaranteed that a good amount of hilarious word play and panels will show up in his work. I’ve laughed hysterically so many times just from a single panel. The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is on its 21st story arc, and shows no sign of stopping. Give it a try at

Danica Maris is your run of the mill astronomer on Space Station Sanctuary Six. That is, until she observes a peculiar star through her private telescope one night after work. The star turns out to be the last Star Power, transforming Danica into the universe’s last Star Powered Sentinel. Written by Michael “Mookie” Terracciano, and inked and colored by Garth Graham, Star Power follows Danica as she masters her newfound powers while keeping them and the dangers a secret from the crew of Sanctuary Six. Featuring a cast of colorful human and alien characters, Star Power quickly became one of my favorites this past year, thanks to its portrayal of a normal girl suddenly thrust with the powers and responsibilities attached to them. One of the comic’s best qualities is that Danica actually isn’t the most interesting character, despite being the protagonist. Her supporting cast garners as much attention as she does. While Star Power isn’t as over the top as McNinja, the beautiful art, the great story, and the amazing characters should keep you very interested. Check it out at

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