Gorgeous. Some of the full-page panels are so good I want them as wallpapers. It’s delightfully surreal and does an amazing job of showing the psychological warfare the people in this setting have to content with.

I love the concept of A Portuguese post-apocalyptic sci-fi world. With how many post-apocalyptic stories are set in America or England, it’s nice to see a novel location.

I LOVE how the website background changes to match and integrate with certain pages. This is another thing you could ONLY do with webcomics. I get that this isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do but I’m still baffled as to why it’s so rare.

Now I’ve started out this article with some strong praise, but you can see the rune up there. Yeah, this is a comic I couldn't fully enjoy, and the first big problem I noticed was the flow of panels.

When designing a page, it’s important to have a logical path for the eye to follow. Left to right, top to bottom, and so forth. If you’re gonna mix up that formula and lay out a more complex path, it runs the risk of making the reader confused about the order of events.

Some comics, like Berserk, are able to pull off a non-standard panel layout to stunning effect, with amazingly fluid panel transitions that allow for artistic expressions that just wouldn’t be possible with a standard layout. O Sarilho is not Berserk.

The real weak point, though, lies with the characters. Just by the end of Chapter 1 the comic’s already introduced over 16 different characters, each with their own backstories and motivations, and even more come into play during subsequent chapters. The result is that even though the characters all have good foundations, most of them tend to blend together in my mind, and none of them get the development they need. The author tries to make it less confusing with character walls at the end of each chapter, but it only helps marginally. It kinda takes me out of the experience when I have to think, ‘wait, who is this again’? so frequently.

The Spanish augur (whose name is apparently ‘Franquelin’) stands out the most and I think it would have been better if the comic focused primarily on him. His attitude towards God and his own life is something I don’t think gets nearly enough focus. The way he describes interlinking with divine machinery as a kind of welcome addiction, even knowing that it will slowly erode his mental stability to the point that eventually he won’t be able to return to base reality after interlinking, is genuinely fascinating, and it gave me some Mechanicus-like transumanist vibes.

He’s easily the most interesting character, and due to the nature of his profession as an interpreter of the divine he offers the widest range of options with which to explore the comic’s world, as it necessitates he be involved with government, military, theologic, and civilian life. Furthermore, on the alien side he offers a great way for the reader to tag along with him on his journies and get to experience cyberspace and the minds of other people through his eyes.

“The Foreigner” is awesome. When I hear that a story features aliens, this is exactly what I wanna see. I can’t get enough of his almost Vedic way of seeing the world and bizarre pseudo-telepathic communication method. I think his physical design is also really cool, it’s like a mix between Aku and a Gundam.

Ultimately, I think reading O Sarilho is kinda like gorging on Halloween candy. It has a lot to like about it - in fact, it has too much. What the author (Shizamura) needed was to whittle down all these cool ideas to a few core concepts, and then focus on making those really good. But as it stands, there’s so much crammed into each chapter that it feels like I’m on a sugar buzz, and I end up feeling kinda sick afterwards.

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