Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire follows the life of Dominic Deegan, a professional oracle and mage. It's set in a fantasy world with a medieval flavor.
Like many of the comics I like, it tells a series of stories that depend on you having some memory of what happened in previous episodes to fully understand what's happening now.
It begins with a series of one shot comics in which someone has Dominic read their fortune. This didn't give me much of a motivation to read the comic. Thus, it wasn't until the second time I ran across Dominic Deegan that I actually decided I liked it. On that occaision, I read far enough that I noticed a story was developing.
Stylistically, the comic ranges from fairly serious fantasy (the discovery that one of his friends is partially possessed by evil forces) to silly fantasy (a story arc in which Dominic is cursed to have fish drop on his head). The author also appears to be fond of puns.
I found the silly parts funny enough to continue reading even though I'm not much of a fan of silly fantasy. The fact that I'm not much of a fan of silly fantasy also means that I'm not particularly bothered by the fact that the comic has gotten more serious as time goes on.
I have mixed feelings about the art. It's fairly simple in style. I'm unsure if the writer is deliberately using a simple style or if it's simply the best he can do (which is still better than I can do). Whatever the case, though it mostly works for the story, I have to admit that there are times when it jars me. Mostly this happens when he shows people's profiles. I just can't pretend that people's heads are shaped like that--this despite the fact that I like Peanuts (which isn't exactly anatomically correct). Still, I think that overall the art is more realistic than the shapes of the faces in profile and that's probably why it doesn't work for me.
Nontheless, it does work most of the time. For example, despite what I think are the limitations of the art style, I think he did a good job making the landscape of a possessed person's mind feel appropriately disturbing.
Before I say what I dislike about the comic, I'll make one observation: the author of this comic and I have a different sense of aesthetics. Thus the comments that follow really are comments rather than complaints.
--The comic is "mushier" than I tend to prefer. Its not as if its devoted to romance, but I think he spends more time on characters' feelings for each other than I would.
--Not all of the puns are funny (in my opinion).
--The characters sometimes sound very modern.
--I don't think the author's really thought about the culture/technology of the place much and thus ends up with anachronistic items. Basically, I can't help but think about how magic and technology affect each other and the culture. In Dominic Deegan, the technology and culture seems medieval except for magic, the existence of professional sports teams, and newspapers. Basically, I tend to do fantasy with the aesthetic sense of a hard science fiction writer. He doesn't.
Now that I've said all that, I want to make sure you understand that I do think its a comic worth reading. I like the characters. I like the stories he tries to tell. I can happily reread story arcs a second time.
Check it out.