Monday, March 12, 2012

KEZ's Provides Worthy Warrior Woman

What It Takes is a webcomic, started in 2009, by Karen "KEZ" Howard.  The webcomic came to fruition by her noticing of the lack of well-rounded woman warriors. KEZ explains upon her first strip's publishing, "Welcome to my newest creation that's been on the backburner ever since I saw the horror that is every single 'female warrior' show or movie from ages past. This is the story of Colbey, a martial artist who survives the end of the world. It is rated R. There will be blood, guts, swearing, but it should for the most part, be always SFW."  The webcomic is a smart, quick read and provides a female lead worthy of a movie role. Colbey is as deadly with gun as she is with a knife, but she's hesitant to kill unless she needs to.  The sense of danger and realism in What It Takes lurks around every update with gangs, bar brawls, and the survival of the fittest.

The description from the website reads:

Colbey is a martial artist who survives the end of the world. Armed with knowledge, experience and a machete, she is searching through what's left for a man named Peter Wolfe.
Six years after the human race is nearly destroyed in a complete clusterfuck of circumstance, those that are left have to figure out how to survive in a world they never anticipated outside of nightmares.
With over 97% of the global population dead, the majority of cities are are empty, and those still occupied are controlled by gangs warring for control of limited resources. The modern world has ceased to exist, and the weak are exploited by the strong. In short, there is no government, no comforts, and no place for compassion in the cruel, new world.
But there is hope. A City in a Place (or rather, A SIT-E in APPLEYS) is said to have an elected government, working technology, and the ability to protect its resources. The City is also looking for new long as they meet certain qualifiications. Too bad everyone wants what they've got!
KEZ also writes a novel and webcomic called The War of the Winds, which is an epic fantasy.

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