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Digger: The Complete Omnibus

(Digger #1-6)

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Digger is a story about a wombat.

More specifically, it is a story by author and artist Ursula Vernon about a particularly no-nonsense wombat who finds herself stuck on the wrong end of a one-way tunnel in a strange land where nonsense seems to be the specialty. Now with the help of a talking statue of a god, an outcast hyena, a shadow-being of indeterminate origin, and an
Hardcover, 823 pages
Published October 2013 by Sofawolf Press
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Skye Kilaen
Digger is a PERFECT fantasy graphic novel adventure about a female atheist wombat who meets a statue that speaks for the god Ganesha, a priest living with mental illness, and a solitary artist. It's an amazing story about the strength of women that also includes wonderful male characters. It's one of the funniest comics I've read. My husband says it's one of the best books he's ever read, not even just one of the best graphic novels. If you're at all intrigued by stories about fantasy, adventure ...more
Sherwood Smith
Sep 02, 2014 added it
Shelves: comics
A practical, determinedly atheistical wombat stumbles into a world filled with the supernatural. Adventure, tension, hints of the numinous and humor abound. The pacing is a bit iffy (it reminds me of nineteenth century serials, as it was a web comic) and the end is so very dry it almost misses . . . but doesn't. All in all a magnificent epic. ...more
Aaron Gertler
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Redwall meets Lord of the Rings meets Discworld, with the virtues of all three and almost none of the vices. Digger ought to be roughly a thousand times more popular. I'd be happy to live in a world where every geeky teenager reads the whole series at some point.

What are the virtues of the comic?

*The titular protagonist is one of my favorite characters in any book. I want to marry her and be her best friend and take a geology class with her all at once. I'm not someone who normally crushes on fi
If you haven't read Digger yet, you can can go here and do it for free. And you should, because it's fantastic. It didn't win a Hugo for nothing.

It's a bit hard to describe the plot of Digger in a way that sounds remotely comprehensible to anyone who isn't familiar with it. It's about a child with a destiny and her animal sidekick who dispenses practical advice, except from the perspective of the animal sidekick and maybe the destiny isn't quite what everyone thinks. It's about the reason why hy
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, hilarious, and delightfully feminist.

The main character is a wombat named Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels. She's very logical, find magic tiresome, and is obsessed with geology (apparently like all wombats). Magic (aggravatingly) sucks her into an epic adventure when all she wants to do is go home. The book has fantastic discussions about morality and good behavior.

The enormous number of major female characters in this book is remarkable (and apparently unintentional on th
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans; comic fans; students of life and metaphysics
First of all, as with much of Vernon's writing, I feel totally unworthy to review it: youthful writers of unique vision who weave such extraordinary tales have that effect on me. I hope to live long enough to read what she's writing in 20 years because what she's written as a young woman has fulfilled such promise that what she writes in the power of her years will be breathtaking indeed.

Stumbling along: Digger is about being human even if Digger herself is a wombat. Maybe it's easier to write a
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
yep, still love it. I've been doing an annual-ish reading of Digger for...around 7 or 8 years now I guess? Not out of any real purpose, just that it's a good, pragmatic, comforting story with art that i like. I remember finding the webcomic in high school because I was curious about where the lolwut pear came from (biting pear of salamanca). And an author note led me to try out terry pratchett, another source of comforting-consistent-good stories. Anyway, Digger is still incredibly good; contain ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with reviewing this is that I don't know where to start....

Digger is one of those rare things from the world of webcomics: A small project that bloomed into a larger story, and then came in for a successful ending. (Projects that don't successfully do this aren't rare in any medium, but only webcomics let you see the process of wandering around trying to find the plot. In other mediums, failures don't get published very often.) This process took a mere eight years and ~760 pages, col
Kelsey Kumpula
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to go into my somewhat complex introduction to Digger, but you don't actually care about any of that, so let me sum up: READ THIS RIGHT NOW.

Warnings: Digger, and Ursula Vernon in general, do not shy away from the tough things in life. There are large portions of this story that will make you sob like a heartbroken child. Even thinking about some of them makes me well up. To balance that out, you will probably also laugh out loud a whole lot, and, if you don't, I worry about your sens
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can also read my review of Digger by Ursula Vernon on my scifi & fantasy book blog, Bastian's Book Reviews.

Digger is a graphic novel that started life as a webcomic. Unlike many webcomics, this was not merely a short strip of cartoon humour. Instead, Digger is a long form fantasy epic, told through the medium of a serialised comic strip, almost right from the start. And so Digger - the complete Omnibus Edition is absolutely the best way to read the story.

Digger is a wombat, from a world whe
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I do so love this comic.
Jeff Greason
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most touching, motivating, FUN stories I've run across. Absolutely my favorite graphic novel (and truly, no other word would describe it). If you're one of those people who thinks 'it can't be literature, it has pictures' -- rethink. I wrote this review because I realized I was tempted to reread it again -- and I just don't have the time. If you haven't read it yet, I envy you. I found it while it was a half-finished webcomic and was so sorry to see it end. I can't describe it ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite a fun read. It has a heavy dose of humor, heart, and emotions. I love how she turns tropes on their heads. Vernon escalates action by deescalating action. This book is a look at myth and story, the power of myth and story, and how that impacts everyone. I love the characters and world of this book. I highly recommend if you want a fun, thought provoking read. Be aware that this book does cover spousal abuse, child abuse, murder, death, and mental health issues. The comedic tone is rarely u ...more
Vasil Kolev
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Started this in the morning, and read it in one sitting. At some moment I wondered what was written about it, as it was great, and it turned that this comic won a Hugo award in 2012.

The story is great, the characters are interesting, and even if it follows some basic fantasy ideas, it's still extremely good.
Digger of Unnecessarily Complicated Tunnels is a wombat engineer. While at work, she hits a pocket of bad air, gets disoriented, and wanders into a large, creepy cave system. She escapes by digging upwards, and finds herself in a temple consecrated to the god Ganesh, watched over by acolytes and a mysterious theocratic police force called the Veiled. Ganesh informs her that magic in the tunnel is now preventing her from returning home.

While trying to avoid the Veiled, Digger meets a variety of
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this many years ago, as it was coming out. I still remember Ursula posting the first page with the caveat that this was just a style experiment and not to get attached. If you've seen this physical book, you know exactly how well that worked out. I don't think I've re-read it since it was nominated for (and won!) a Hugo.

It holds up beautifully. This story continues to be delightful, inventive and fun, while still doing a number on my emotions. Vampire squash, oracular slugs, a professiona
Kim Aippersbach
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So funny. So wise. So weird. So quintessentially Ursula Vernon! Essential reading for fans of Terry Pratchett and of Vernon's adult work (published as T. Kingfisher). (Essential reading for anyone who loves wise, practical, empathetic characters who encounter strange adventures and deal with them pragmatically, empathetically and wisely.)

Did I mention funny? Laugh out loud, snort your tea through your nose. The lines she comes up with!

Also the art is quite spectacular.

I love Ursula Vernon.

I wis
Octavia Cade
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed the six volumes of this series separately, so this is mostly just for my own records. It's a fantastic piece of story-telling: touching and funny and sad, but parts of it were elevated above the rest, I think. Volumes 1-3 got 4 stars each from me, Volume 5 was the low point of the series with 3 stars (though when I say "low point" it is relative - V5 was still an enjoyable read, but it lacked for me a little something when compared to the rest, and a lot of the travelling sto ...more
Anthony Granziol
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kickstarted-it
I read this one when it was still being published online one page at a time, twice weekly. The art style, delightful characterizations, and gripping plot kept me coming back until it came to a close...then I went back and read it all over again because I wanted to keep that story with me.

And then a kickstarter came along and said, "Hi! Want one of these?"

The tome now rests on my bookshelf in a place of pride, a testament to an author's ability to reach people around the world with a story.

A tale
David Bishop
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished re-reading the whole series for maybe the third or fourth time. I read it as it was originally being published as a webcomic, I bought the individual books when they came out and re-read it then, and now once more.

It's a series that I love so much I don't want to re-read it too many times and "wear it out".

Yes, the elevator pitch includes oracular slugs, dead gods, deer-headed men, elephant-headed semi-god statues, skin-painting hyenas, trolls, young hags and child demons. All of
Trey Moonwood
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading portions of Digger while it was being written and posted online, though I never had the time to catch up with all that had been written, or keep up with it as it continued. Now I've gotten to read the complete saga from cover to cover!

This is a story about wombats, dead gods, nameless hyenas, hags, lizards, and other oddities all written in an unmatchable balance of humor and depth. It reminds me of an epic fantasy version of Calvin and Hobbes sometimes - the simple, philosophica
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Digger is high on my list of favorite comics, books, and art. It's full of fantastically hilarious lines, but also scenes that leave me bawling, even though I've read, and reread this series several times. (The comic is still online - - and is always great for rereading, plus, you get the comment section, which is one of the few times where I say that you SHOULD read the comments.

Digger is always a favorite read of mine when I'm going through stressful times, or just need a good
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How have I never heard of this?

Sometime recently, it popped up somewhere (probably on a "underrated gems" list of some sort), and when i read the description, I thought, well that sounds cute, let's give it a try!

IT'S AMAZING. Casually feminist, antithesis of chosen-one plot, and full of characters you can give your heart to. I know it's won some big awards, but I still don't understand why it isn't all over the place and wildly famous.
Melissa Snider
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t write a review that does justice to this book without creating an 800-page epic illustrated in stark black-and-whites, peppered with little rewards for your attention, like sign-holding pseudopods. I was very nearly heartbroken when the story ended, because I hated to leave the characters behind. The epilogue and bonus content helped my transition back to the world empty of adventuring wombats.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this adventure story. It has excitement, action, humor, and plenty of heart. In many ways it reminded me of Jeff Smith's Bone (which I also loved), but in many ways it stands apart as well and is a fun and unique take on the old "down the wombat hole" trope.

This is a fun story that reveals itself slowly as Digger investigates his surrounding; while the story verges on the epic, it is the characters that claim the spotlight and add "color" to these black and white pictures.
I Read, Therefore I Blog
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ursula Vernon’s Hugo-award winning web comic has been compiled into this stunning omnibus that comes with bonus material, including web commentary and a colour supplement. It’s a great story filled with great characters all told with humour and humanity and in which Vernon skilfully balancing a number of different plot lines and playing with traditional fantasy archetypes and themes. In short, it’s worth your time and your money.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wombat? Check. Ohhhh, I see what you did there moments where something introduced near the beginning is used in a natural way 700 pages later? Check. A feeling of enlightenment when Ed talks about what evil is? Check. Another feeling caused by hearing Ed's story, impossible to label and only able to be explored with art? Check. This book gives me the "feels" and I also respect its structure, characterization and insight into the "human" condition.

Yes, the wombat and hyena cultures in this book
Steven Tryon
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read Digger it was at the rate of two pages per week - - for seven years. I bought the individual volumes as they were published then joined the Kickstarter for the omnibus edition. Now five years later I decided it was time to read the entire book cover to cover. And so I did.

Ursula Vernon is master artist and writer. Highly recommended.
Drift Wood
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a WAY better version of Bone. While it does have its own clichés and sort of a cop-out ending, it was way more enjoyable and you actually felt for these characters. You could tell what drove them to do what they did and Ed was the saddest character in a story I've seen to date, I genuinely felt bad for him by the time the big reveal for his character came around. ...more
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Ursula Vernon is a freelance writer, artist and illustrator. She is best known for the webcomic Digger and the children's books Dragonbreath and Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew. Ursula is also a prolific painter and the creator of the Biting Pear of Salamanca, a work which became an internet meme in the form of the "LOL WUT" pear.

Ursula's cover for Best in Show

Other books in the series

Digger (6 books)
  • Digger, Volume One (Digger, #1)
  • Digger, Volume Two
  • Digger, Volume Three
  • Digger, Volume Four
  • Digger, Volume Five
  • Digger, Volume Six

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