Weak as I am
July 7, 2012 2:06 PM   Subscribe

Weak as I am is a webcomic by Nigel Auchterlounie, about a guy who accidentally steals a superhero's powers. The story ended today. [Some of Auchterlounie's work is mildly NSFW]
posted by moonmilk (24 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Very engaging & enjoyable, thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:35 PM on July 7, 2012

Loved the LEGO Avengers, hated the multiple spelling errors.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 2:44 PM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

That was pretty good! There was an audible "DUN DUN DUN" in my head after the last panel.
posted by codacorolla at 2:52 PM on July 7, 2012

damn, that was good.
posted by yeoz at 2:57 PM on July 7, 2012

I really enjoyed that, thanks.
posted by arcticseal at 3:14 PM on July 7, 2012

That was great. Thanks for posting it!
posted by aubilenon at 4:03 PM on July 7, 2012

Excellent comickery!! You could call that "the superhero comic to end all superhero comics" because (SPOILER) it almost did. And the very un-superhero-comic style was almost perfect for it. Missed a few details but realism would NOT have served it well. And the (SPOILER) ambiguous ending... well, any sequel would have to be either very dull or very very sad.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:10 PM on July 7, 2012

And it was scary how I could really relate to the main character because (PERSONAL SPOILER) I have had and still have a similar condition.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:12 PM on July 7, 2012

If you go farther back on the Spleenal site, there's a bunch more stories, and it appears that the main character is somewhat autobiographical. The artist also suffers from heart problems and arthritis and draws comics on the bus, though as far as I know he hasn't absorbed any super powers or invented a time machine for real.
posted by moonmilk at 4:34 PM on July 7, 2012

Enjoyed the comic, but I dunno about this style of randomly skipping body parts. Sure, you ought to cut anything not vital to the story you're telling, but I'd argue your characters basic form is universally important enough. Especially jarring are the disappearing necks and floating heads. What use does that serve?

Ok, that's enough curmudgeon. I liked this, despite the shortcomings.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:01 PM on July 7, 2012

I really enjoyed this, thanks. Is the ending supposed to be really vague?

We're not supposed to know who that guy in the coma is, right? And we're just supposed to be guessing at the other half of the telepathic conversation?
posted by monkeymadness at 6:09 PM on July 7, 2012

great comic! And monkeymadness, I don't think so. I think that conversation worked really well that way.
posted by rebent at 6:15 PM on July 7, 2012

rebent: I don't think so.

Do you mean it's not supposed to be vague? Did I miss something?
posted by monkeymadness at 6:35 PM on July 7, 2012

"superheroes" really aren't that enjoyable any more. Thanks.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 6:41 PM on July 7, 2012

I loved it! My only lamentation is that it seems as though I only find the *really* good webcomics right after they finish their run.
posted by surazal at 7:45 PM on July 7, 2012

I'm really glad that he decided to quit drawing people's tongues lolling out of their mouths when they speak after the first couple parts. And started making the characters a bit more distinct from each other. It gets pretty entertaining after that.
posted by egypturnash at 8:52 PM on July 7, 2012

Don't worry, surazal - this story is over, but I'm sure he'll be posting more stuff. And you can dig back in the archive for more long stories - click any of the ugly rectangular icons in the top margin of the spleenal site to go to a story.
posted by moonmilk at 8:54 PM on July 7, 2012


That's the impression that I got; he's lampshading the triteness of climactic dialogue by giving us only half of a dialogue in which the character you can hear is calling it trite.

I'd say spoiler alert but I'm not entirely sure that sentence I wrote was English.
posted by Earthtopus at 11:40 PM on July 7, 2012

I really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting it!
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:09 AM on July 8, 2012

Reminds me a little of Misfits.
posted by arzakh at 2:48 AM on July 8, 2012

Earthtopus, that's how I read it too. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something. Thanks.
posted by monkeymadness at 4:45 AM on July 8, 2012

Hey! The artist responded to some of our comments.
posted by moonmilk at 9:31 AM on July 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

That is excellent.
posted by caclwmr4 at 11:56 AM on July 8, 2012

Hey! The artist responded to some of our comments.

Excellent! Thanks for the update, moonmilk.
posted by monkeymadness at 12:51 PM on July 8, 2012

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