Boyfriends. by Refrainbow

Webcomics aren’t exactly a new medium. These web-based comics are a very popular with both artist and readers, and they have some of the absolute best artists and writers working on them. Sites like WEBTOON have become enormous powerhouses with award-winning webcomics and huge industry names on their platform. But this isn’t about the webcomics industry as a whole. Today I want to talk about the webcomic Boyfriends.

Boyfriends. is a story about four boys in college who begin a polyamorous relationship. It’s soft. It’s sweet. It has incredibly lovable characters. The color palette is perfect. And you should read it right now.

Now, I’m not always a huge fan of romance, rom-coms, and the like. In fact, I tend to be a bit overly critical of them. That perfect sweet spot can sometimes be a bit hard for me to find. Heck, I have whole series of articles over on Funimation that started because I don’t like romance and wanted to find some that I could watch and love. So why am I here singing the praises of a romance webcomic from my proverbial rooftop?

Because it does everything right.

The art palate is filled with pastels and soft colors, and it sticks to this almost exclusively. It is only our titular characters that sometimes stray from this. For example, the goth boy usually wears black, something that often stands out in panels. Backgrounds are often rather vague or else slightly surreal. This puts the focus solely on our four main characters, and boy can they hold your attention.

The four boys are unnamed. Largely, the dialogue avoids names, but when they do come up, a small image of the character’s face appears. This is quite clever, and a rather unique storytelling choice. The group of four is also very diverse. One of the main characters is gay prep, another trans goth, a third bisexual jock, and the fourth pansexual nerd. This is a very diverse group of characters and the representation is just perfect.

Now, if you aren’t already sold, there’s one more thing I want to talk about. This webcomic is like a warm hug. The characters are instantly likable, and you want to root for them from the very first chapter. However, they all have their own distinct personalities, fears, and flaws. Even so, this isn’t a very drama-filled story. Fears and insecurities are quickly discussed when they come up, and characters work through potential issues without letting them linger or fester.

If you’re up at three a.m. and are unable to sleep, as I was when I found it, this is the perfect answer. It’s sweet. It’s cute. The characters are instantly loveable. And I cannot recommend it enough.

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Kathleen Townsend

Kate writes things, reads things, and writes about things she reads. She’s had a few short stories published, and works as a freelance editor. Favorite genres include epic & high fantasy, science fiction, time travel stories, video game related tales, light novels, and manga.

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