That's not bad compression - it's a photoshop "film grain" filter :-)
"Off to fav and rate"... I like the sound of that :3
My only real concern here is that some readers may feel the story may lack momentum. Because (just like "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" for instance) we're gonna have a slow build-up until the first action scene. I was that much concerned about it that at least I opened the story with an explosion (page 2), which is kind of cliché in western cinema... So I'm glad you're hooked already. Then again, asian cinema with its quite sparse (but much more effective) use of action scenes has had its way with western subculture, and I'm really aiming more towards that kind of audience.
I should add that the first scene has not deliberately been added so I could have something explode... but rather so that the first thing the reader gets exposed to is the city! I didn't wanna open directly on the main character (Naomi) without showing "the other" main chara, which is the city of Arcadia.
BTW: Does anyone feel the film grain filter shouldn't have been used? Usually I prefer not using those kinds of filters.
I think the story is progressing nicely. We may not know much yet but the intrst is certainly there and that's what matters. I think plot lines that are revealed too quickly can totaly ruin a comic.
P.S. I'd answer the Q about the filter but i've no idea what it is :)
Ummm... basically the filter enhances contrast between light and dark areas, but overall the dark areas get more grainy. I used it in the last panel only, so you can compare it to the other panels, which are not (supposed to be) grainy.
I think it (a) enhances the mood and (b) points at the fact that we're looking at a video transmission.
I like the filter. I think it was a great addition on your part, it did exactly what you thought it would. It has an amazing effect and makes it easier to understand it's a video you're looking at.
Thanks, good to know!