Well, somebody's gotta be the first to do this thrice...
Sorry about the delay here, too (somehow I forgot that I had to work on my own comic yesterday.
) Here we go, 'The Blue Skunk':
This is definately what this comic thrives on. Despite a few problems with the technical aspects of storytelling (http://freakofnature.keenspace.com/d/20040812.html
comes to mind, as does numerous examples of dialogues where the order of the balloons didn't match the way the text should be read), though this was mostly early on, the story of 'The Blue Skunk' is really good. I found myself constantly wanting to know what happened next, wondering about the mysteries, and actually caring for at least one of the characters. Definately a plus.
It doesn't hurt either that the story is not like every other webcomic - I haven't read 'The Jaded', so I'm not even sure they're about the same thing, but that's the only comic I could think of that had a similiar theme. You might want to state a little more clearly that the comic is Sci-Fi, though - I didn't get that in the beginning, so the aircars and 'New Boston' were quite a shock.
Okay, this is a bit more problematic. The art of 'The Blue Skunk' could be better - you seem to have severe trouble with anatomy and folds (though the latter is far less obvious with the new style), so much that characters look odd even when they're just standing around. On the other hand, your faces are great and very expressive, and your shading just rocks - the coloring uses very garish colors that were a bit hard on my eyes, but if you toned those down a bit, this comic could have some truly amazing coloring (example of kickass shading: http://freakofnature.keenspace.com/d/20050115.html
, especially the last panel) Another thing that could be a problem is that your character designs are pretty inconsistant - Lucelle has changed hair colors three times now, and the kid looks different each time you see him (this might be intentional, though.) It's not a problem so far, since your characters are very distict looking - Lucelle can be identified simply on her short blond hair - but if you plan to introduce a lot of characters, it might become hard to keep them apart.
All of that being said, though, your art is definately improving. The new style is a leap to the better, too, especially since your inking was vey sketchy - the comic quite simply looks better without it, and the paint-like style is distinct and interesting. As it is, your main problem continues to be anatomy, though I did sense that that was slowly improving as well.
Characters in 'The Blue skunk' are very much limited to Lucelle, at least when it comes to being truly interesting - but then she is interesting enough to make up for the rest of them. In so relatively few pages, we've already seen a lot of facets of Lucelle's personality, which makes her 3-dimensional, especially when compared to the rest of the cast. That might just be Lucelle's amount of 'air time' compared to the others though - some of them, like teh ex-partner, the black-haired girl and, for some reason, the receptionist, looks like they could become very interesting characters if they were given some extra focus. On an odd side note, while I liked her character design, Miranda really looks like a man. I think it's the over-muscled body or her sloping forehead - try making her a little more feminie.
(This is not really related to the review, but: You wrote about being worried that your character swears, so of course I expected a good deal of swearing. What I got was one instance of 'Hell' and one of 'God', and unless I missed something, nothing else. Of course, I'm not a Christian so I can't judge it from your perspective, but based on what I saw I'd say that the swearing is so sparse I would've missed it if I weren't outright looking for it, not to mention that what little swearing you had was all well-reasoned and only uttered in pressed situations. I'd almost say that your characters swear too little
, given the situations they're in, and no matter what, I am really at a loss as to who would be offended by that amount of swearing. I personally find it more repulsing when she, y'know, shoots somebody.
Functional, not really anything special - the black box was abit confusing, though, since the blog and tagboard was located ouside it, which made them easy to overlook (I thought the page ended where the box ended). Please, either put all the site elemenths into the box or completely remove it - a black background would work just as well. There was some odd space between the navigation images in some of the archive pages as well, I don't know what cause these, but it looked rather odd.
Great story with an intriguing mystery, but the art needs some work.