Dominic Deegan is another of the more recent strips I started reading, which is a shame because it’s truly delightful webcomic. Creator Michael Terracciano (or “Mookie” as he’s referred to on the forum boards by fans and friends alike) has created a quirky and amusing character in Dominic, who is a Seer for hire (or at least at the beginning was), and not only has a wicked sense of humor, but the ability to whip out deliciously atrocious puns at a moment’s notice. (More amusing than his puns, however, are when those around him manage to pun back. Then you see the droll glance at the camera as Dominic suffers in silence as his own weapon of wit is used against him.)
Equally delightful are the cast of characters, including the toothsome Luna, a powerful sorceress in her own right who has self-esteem problems because of slightly over-developed lower canines (which in my opinion just makes her even cuter, but hey, I’m strange and admit it), Dominic’s talking cat Spark (who is not a familiar, thank you very much, just think of him as… a roommate! And the brains of the outfit!) who has a tendency to break out in alliteration at a moment’s notice. Other cast includes parents including an arch-mage mother and bardic father (and equally talented in punning at a moment’s notice), younger brother Gregory, and other friends (and foes) who come and go depending on the story.
The comic on its own would lead me to eventually go off on a tangent about it, but Sunday’s comic just beat me around the head and insisted on talking about it now. To be honest, I’ve been dreading this epic storyline because, to me, epic storylines suggest an ending is imminent. Think of it: you go off, gain powers beyond the ken of mortal men, defeat the great Enemy… and everything’s hunky dory. Or at the very least the world is saved. Then what? Unless you went that rare (and not exactly satisfying) route of killing the hero with the villain, you now have this souped-up uber-hero with powers to take on just about anything. So you’re left with either stripping the hero of said powers (which again isn’t exactly satisfying, sort of like punishing the hero for being good) or ending the story because after killing the Evil God of Nastiness and Naughtiness (as Piffany of Nodwick” would say), what’s left to do?
Michael managed to surprise me by having Dominic end up being the Champion of Balance, and instead of gaining some uber-power to fight his foes, gaining an understanding of the various aspects of magic so to be able to counter the magics thrown at him. Dominic’s talent lies within defensive magic, and his battle is being fought on a spiritual plane. And yet… in the middle of a battle to protect the world, Dominic Deegan continues to amuse with silly occurrences.
But even more than that, Michael remembers that Dominic is a hero as he not only fights to save a foe, but even has a logical and intelligent reason to do so. It is this heroism that stands out for me. And while it might not be an easy transition to return to the adventures of old, with mundane problems and fun little puns… I’m sure that Dominic Deegan won’t be trapped in the repetitive sequence so many epic fantasy stories fall into, with a line of sequentially more potent foes each threatening the world.