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An "Asmundr" sequel.
It has been 2 years since the plague of the Shield Wolf was defeated, but the plague of human kind has begun and the pack of Asmundr were left with no choice but to leave their home.
While "Father" is doing all he can to restore the balance on planet Earth, the pack must face the new world Aedra on their own.

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Karliah
February 26th, 2017
I like the new map. Confused me at first. Wasnt expecting a change xD
GlacialFireStorm
February 26th, 2017
Maybe his pack left him for praying to a god for armor? Are spirits and god considered the same to them, the dogs seem generally against making bargains or trades/worship to the gods regardless of how good or evil they are.. so Maybe that's why he's alone if it's all the same to them, if he got armor by praying to a god or a spirit then it's likely he was abandoned by his people.
Nor
February 25th, 2017
@Brindle: Exactly. Now I'm not saying it's wrong to believe in something greater then ourselves (I don't though), but with Father, I don't know...while I don't think he's really that careless, I believe his immortality had made him insensitive for the needs of his subjects, for the needs of normal people. Like, he couldn't understand how things with Ranu went down, while it would have been easy to just descent and explain both of them everything. Ranu would have been happy with his obsession and his answers and Lifa...well, would have been more than just the breeding tool for the sky gods to create the Akiulfrs.

Sad enough, beside Rhov, absolutely no one seems to mind the sky gods influence and they trust him about everything. In a way, Kainan is the worst case, because he actually never told his pack the reason they were fighting- to help Father and his kind, the sky gods. This one was never touched and this is the very reason I don't blame Jahla and Rog for their faith and their lies, because both Lifa and Kainan lied more than once/were hiding the truth/ they were absolutely raised this way.
Brindle
February 25th, 2017
@Nor: Yeah.. Roamer's look was actually a bit creepy when he suggested to Rhov that the sky gods can be trusted. It was like Lifa's creepy smile after she'd eaten the meat for the first time. Ironically she was also suggesting to her children that everything would be fine.

Either of those would work. I'm also still wondering if father will die in this series, and if so, how that would affect everything (both in that no more resurrections ever, and all their blind faith that father is perfect).
Nor
February 25th, 2017
@Brindle: I personally find it worrying how much these dogs in general believe in Father. It isn't only Jahla, it's the whole Asmundr pack minus Rhov. Even Roamer seems to be so sure of him.

I do hope she will either side with Rhov or at least try to understand both sides aka convey both of them to understand their reasons.
Brindle
February 25th, 2017
@Adana: That's why I said "seems" okay with it. Of course we won't know until we see the confrontation between her and Rhov, whether she defends Rohgir in order to defend father, or if she sides with Rhov, but in turn then has to disagree with father. Rohgir specifically said he's fulfilling father's mission, so her reaction will directly connect to her blind faith (or finally lack of). But if she seems unsure or just tries to be okay with it (because it's a difficult position for her), that could probably set Rhov off.

Also she said she should return home to Rhov and her family, she didn't suggest bringing them here, which means for now she's not contesting father's apparent desire to keep the akis alone on the resort.
Nor
February 25th, 2017
@Adana: I think it also depends on how much you like a character. For example, people who don't like Roamer will ignore all his development and call him "bland", while in fact, he clearly isn't, but their opinion will change this view-point. Same goes for Jahla, I guess, if you don't like her/still mad because of the lie, she could do whatever she want and people will it hold against her.
Adana
February 25th, 2017
I don't think she's okay with it though. If everything, she seems unsure this whole pages, want to believe him, but just couldn't completely, while obviously happy to have her brother back. A lot of people blamed her for raging at her brother (not because he kept it as a secret like many many claimed and what was proven wrong, but because her family had to suffer/ he couldn't understand why she wasn't all happy), bur on the other side, now blaming her for "being okay with it" which wasn't even shown.
Brindle
February 24th, 2017
@puddle-jumper: Rhov might be pretty mad if they meet up with the Akis- imagine he finds out father kept the other species on a private resort while his dad, who did everything for father, wasn't invited.. plus now that Jahla seems to be okay with it after speaking to her brother.
Kylor
February 24th, 2017
@puddle-jumper: Hmm for me, it depends. Mostly I'm fine with the way the pacing is made. But I definitely agree with Ronja. While I personally don't find Roamer boring (I personally think he's an interesting, charming and well-written main character with enough flaws to be likeable), I also find if Ronjas scenes would be more together (like, she following Jonna instantly) it would make much more sense.

I also feel, Ronja could used more development/no skipping scenes, since she's already the less liked main char for many readers.

The scene changes are "okay", but more pages per group, even just 1+2 more could help much to connect more with the events.
silver_huskey
February 24th, 2017
@Defhammer: Agreed. Sometimes it's easy to forget that we've been reading Home for a year now, but only a month and about two weeks have passed story-wise. That's the downside of story driven webcomics rather than ones based a joke per page.
Defhammer
February 24th, 2017
@silver_huskey: I was getting the same issues with pacing as well. The biggest thing I realized was how some chapters covers multiple days and some (like ch5 void) covered only a little more than a day. but because of the nature of webcomic updates everything seems stretched out or covered a longer amount of time.

for example: the time between when Ronja entered the tribe gates to when she talked to the females was around 5 to 6 days when the feeling I was getting from people was that the time frame was longer.
silver_huskey
February 24th, 2017
@puddle-jumper: That is a question I couldn't answer, other than it being how Kique wants to tell the story.

I dunno, I'm just not getting that impression at all. To me it just feels like two very different groups in different locations that are about to hunt prey at the same exact time. I guess I just don't understand why they have to meet. The contrast in styles (powerful alien wolf/dog hybrids hunting without the aid of weapons vs armored dogs with knives and possibly spears) is interesting enough to me. It could be just personal preference. ^_^;


Ah, I see. I don't know, Ronja could have stopped her, even if she was taken aback by the sudden change in Jonna's demeanor. I could see that conversation working with Jonna reminding her that MT is her home with the darkness surrounding them, then that point being reinforced with Kargo being brought back to the MT during a scene change.

While I don't mind the switches, I do agree that other characters could use more scenes-- even though I really like Roamer. I'd love to get inside Ronja's head more and learn more about what's going on with Aira. Still, I believe they'll be addressed in the future.

Though I know what usually helps me savor the scenes longer is the (civil) discussion and theories that the community comes up with and trying to form my own. :)
puddle-jumper
February 24th, 2017
@silver_huskey: I don't really understand why we need to have such exact time all the time. Leaving the time a bit ambiguous would imply that Kargo and co. are traveling further than they really are, and it would indicate that Aedra, the island, is a lot bigger than it really is. And it would be more believable that the relationships are developing since more time is implied to be passing. I agree that having two hunt scenes back to back would be a bit tedious, but we could always develop another subplot in between. Though again, if the two groups are going to meet, what's happening now would be fine.

That's not really what I meant with Joanna. I'm more confused why those two pages didn't happen in the same evening. Like, why Ronja just didn't run up to her immediately after Jonna started walking away. There doesn't seem to be any narrative purpose to spiting that scene up like that and it just left me baffled.

I don't think I'd mind the constant scene changes if the scenes themselves slowed down and were given a more cinematic feel. Re-reading though, it feels like everything is moving at a more breakneck speed. It helps scene change pacing since I can remember better, but creates a new problem in that I can't savor those scenes because they're done in a blink of an eye. That's another reason why the characters don't feel so developed all that well, including Roamer (though to be honest I find him really boring, so that may be it). Ronja and Aira have good set ups so far, but they haven't gone through much yet.
silver_huskey
February 24th, 2017
@puddle-jumper: The relationship between the rebel pack's hunt and the Akiuflrs' hunt is that it's happening at the same exact time. I'm not sure why the hunt has to be any more related than a direct parallel and contrast between both groups and an event happening in the same world at the same time, even if they're in locations that don't overlap. It feels like it would be repetitive if we saw the Great Wolf Run, then had to go through a second scene with Kargo's hunt in the morning- if it happened at night that would be a different story. But that's just my preference, I'm sure others would prefer it the other way. I think consumption of animation and film vs reading, depends on the consumer. I've noticed it only takes me about a half an hour to read a 100 page graphic novel, not much more time than sitting through a 24 minute or even a 52 minute show.

The pacing here feels off to me because pages are released at best twice a day, at worst once a week (which is still a pretty good pace for a free comic), versus having an entire chapter or book dropped all at once. I noticed when I go back and re-read chapters, the pacing feels much better. Imagine if other mediums had the same slow drip as web comics do (story beat by story beat, instead of entire episodes or seasons), the pacing would also feel off.

As for your example, when Jonna gave Ronja her reason 20 pages later, the time and day had changed. On page 133 Jonna ended the conversation early, and it was only later the next day Ronja caught up with her outside her room and asked her why. Why didn't Ronja just ask here then and there? I don't know- Ronja didn't have to let Jonna walk away without an answer- she is second in command of the MT. But if the scene had just switched to the afternoon with Ronja catching up and asking her, that may have meant the rest of the plot would have had to go back to show everything else. I think the moving backwards and forward in day and time would be much more confusing, given that everything in this story happens in parallel. The sole exception seems to be when Ronja was first led into the MT and the story went a few hours back in time before moving toward the present.

Where the characters do suffer is that they're not all getting the same development and screen time as Roamer, which may change in the future. Personally, I want to see all the characters get the same kind of careful development that Roamer received. I hope they will, as Kique had said he intends for Home to be much longer than Asmundr.
puddle-jumper
February 24th, 2017
@silver_huskey: Animation and film can get away with that a lot better though since your consuming it in a much shorter amount of time. Also, in Justice League, the battles, despite being far apart, are usually related to one another. If the Jahla and Kargo hunt related to each other, yeah, that'd be fine.

If it was just this scene in the comic it wouldn't even be so bad, but as a whole, the pacing gets worse the more subplots are added. It was fine in the beginning because you really only had Roamer and the Asmundr pack and Kargo and Ferah. But now you have Ronja, Ranch, Kierr and Aira (maybe those are separate now too), the Solar Stag pack (maybe), Kargo and co., Jahla, and the Asmundr pack (if we ever come back to them). That's a lot of groups to keep track of, and switching constantly breaks the audience away from whatever plot point was happening before it really concluded. It also makes it feel like barely anything is happening and yet everything is happening at break neck speed. These poor characters feel like they're struggling to keep up with the plot.

He doesn't have to only do one plot per chapter, but really, there was no reason Ronja asking Jonna to go with her couldn't have continued on the next page instead 20 pages later.
silver_huskey
February 24th, 2017
@puddle-jumper: It's been going on in Home for so long, I've gotten used to it. And when the pack split up in Asmundr, the same also happened.

Though I've recently noticed that TV shows tend to do the same thing. For example, I was watching Justice League Unlimited a few nights ago and when several superhero teams go out, the scenes often switched back and forth between the group of heroes even if they're nowhere near each other-- sometimes in mid-fight. Like Superman would punch someone, the scene would then change to another hero on another mission engaged in their own fight. It's just a form of storytelling and showing parallels when there's multiple main characters and they're not all in the same place. People either like it or find it confusing.
Jirvey
February 24th, 2017
'Aurora Boar', wonder if this has anything to do with Jahla's species lights on their head, like he is actually hunting them (It could kinda resemble an aurora?)
puddle-jumper
February 23rd, 2017
Your backgrounds have improved so much from Asmundr! There's a lot more color variation. :D

I'm confused why we have to constantly switch back and forth between the two scenes though. I get that you want to show both events are happening at the same time, but it's really disorienting. Unless the two groups are meeting up at some point soon, I don't really see the point. It would be much easier to follow if we just had one hunt scene fully and then the other with a caption saying it was the same morning.

Though if they are meeting up, Rogio would be in for one hell of a shock lol.
FluffyFurball
February 23rd, 2017
@Nora-Okami: Yeeeessss... I kinda wish the series had kept going... the first two books were nice and the third one was AMAZING. Jean Craighead George is an awesome author.