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I read a bad comic today, thought I'd share it with you

by Zero_Hero789
This was a review comic where I took pretty bad webcomics and explained why they were bad in excruciating detail. It was inspired by a similar comic by SushiGummy that ended way before this one did, and was probably on the right track because of that.

The comic officially ended on May 11th, 2016.
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This was a review comic where I took pretty bad webcomics and explained why they were bad in excruciating detail. It was inspired by a similar comic by SushiGummy that ended way before this one did, and was probably on the right track because of that.

The comic officially ended on May 11th, 2016.

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Ooooh shit.

That whole Selly dream sequence had me quite disturbed. I always was offput by the... undertones of Author's relationship with "Selly", and finding out on TV tropes that Selly wasn't real, but... just that dream sequence... wow. Holy shit.
Oh, wow. I've been away from Smackjeeves, and I only just came back to re read the old reviews for nostalgia, and I found out that the comic officially ended. I enjoyed reading through the comics back then, and I still do (which makes me pretty sad about the fact that most of the chapters are gone.) Anyway, I just wanted to say that it was fun while it lasted, and I hope you have good luck in whatever else you decide to do in the future.
@SuperScratchkat: Hey, I can't help it if [GAME NAME REDACTED] was such a good game I have to reference it but not say what game it specifically is because of the massive spoilers.
I've been following and laughing along with this review of SaP for a good while, and honestly, I never realized how uh... low on quality it is in retrospect. XD
Still, I can't bring myself to say I dislike SaP. Despite the cliches and poor writing and junk, the memory of what the comic was like whilst it was running is still pleasant to me. uvu
It was a comic that updated every single day, and the author was nice and reached out to the fans, even if it was a lot of weird preaching and junk. As a young teen first discovering sprite comics, and webcomics in general, through this dumb series about Sonic hitting brick walls, it was nice to have the consistent updates for five years. uvu

But as a comic on its own right, jfc was this awful. I imagine Sonic and Pals would have rested more gracefully in my memory than being resurfaced oops. c:
Still, I super enjoyed this commentary on the series, so thanks a ton for making this, aye? =D
Sorry to see it end, but yeah, it is fitting. I will be checking out any projects you might have. Thanks for the laughs!
I suppose ending it now is fitting. It was enjoyable to read the reviews. I'll be sure to check out the video game reviews.
@Lord Enigma: The whole world of the Hunters would probably have made for an interesting original story had it not been shoved at the end of Sonic and Pals.
So long and thanks for all the fish.
I'm still working on getting all of the old images back up, but that's a rather low priority thing compared to some of my other projects.

If you want to see me review video games in a much more professional manner, please check out my review blog. (Which, funnily enough, I haven't updated in a while. I was doing so well, too...)

I've got some ideas for a comic of my own. But I'm still hashing them out. If/when it does happen, that's when I change authorship from my Zero Kirby account to another one. It's not a perfect solution but y'know. You do what you can. We all have to suffer the consequences of our actions, myself included.

Thanks for having a laugh with me, folks.
That soul binding thing seems pretty interesting. Too bad it's wasted here.
The honorifics thing is even weirder because it is used to be FORMAL.

It isn't a 'we are really close thing', it is a respectful formality thing like referring to a stranger called John Smith as Mr. Smith instead of calling him John which would be like calling him Jo-Jo McClownface. You don't do that at a first meeting.

You have to wait 'til the second at least obviously.
My final thoughts on Sonic and Pals...
Like most other webcomics out there it's mostly harmless. The only crime it has is just not being very funny or interesting. This is due to a lot of factors, though.

The first one is that Bob and George exists and managed to get the Grandfather Clause on a lot of common sprite comic conventions by virtue of being among the first to do them. By the time Sonic and Pals came out they were cliches, and he did nothing to evolve them.

The second is the characters - most of them are pretty unlikable. The Author is obviously some bully who uses his godlike powers to attack the characters, whose retaliations are generally justified. But we're also supposed to feel bad for this guy when he loses his powers? Sorry, I didn't. Sonic's intelligence fluctuates wildly, though not in a clever way like Mega Man where it's part of his programming, it's just because Selly or the Author magically increase or decrease his IQ at will.

Knuckles seems like the most grounded of the cast - towards the end of the series he seems to be the most moral as well, alongside Tails, who near the end seems to be the actual main character. Amy's a selfish bitch who doesn't learn from her mistakes and just uses Knuckles for his money, easily the worst character in the entire comic, and Cream is an arrogant inventor with an ego the size of Jupiter.

Horus is on the same level of Knuckles, Pearl and Selly were about on the same level as Tails, just slightly more Mary Sueish, I'm not gonna talk much about the self-insert girlfriends because Kristy left and Casey... didn't really get much time to develop a personality, actually. Robotnik wasn't a threatening villain, and I don't even think he showed up once during the Sonic Rush arc. The robots were AI piloted.

Thirdly, the game stories feel longer than they should and just end up reusing the same jokes over and over and over again. Burning lava, brick walls, throwing things at the Author, at some point entering a coma, characters severely injuring one another, it gets pretty tiresome. The original stories just follow the exact same formulas with little deviation - and Sonic himself is rarely the big hero. The characters are also pretty static - like I said above, Amy never learns to stop spending money, and none of the other characters really change due to a plotline. And at least a couple of them were just dropped with little to no explanation or reason.

Finally, the amount of interrupting filler so that the author can tell us his views on the minutiae of life, such as religion and chain mail, was completely unnecessary. You're writing a gag-a-day comic, give us gag-a-days. Don't interrupt it so you can say how stupid chain mail is. That's what a news section is for. All you're doing is extending the storyline unnecessarily and wasting the day. Coming up with excuses for why the comic is particularly lazy that day, c'mon man, nobody wants to see that shit IN the comic, just explain in the comment you were a little late and don't bring it up anymore after that. Nobody really cares that much if one comic out of a bunch is worse than the others, it's bound to happen.

There's a handful of funny strips in this thing, but I don't think they're worth sitting through the rest.
Sorry the review's getting a little dry.
Definitely by this point I was just skipping a bunch of comics if they were obvious filler.

'Cause I had shit to do, man. Xenoblade Chronicles X ain't gonna play itself... Well, I mean, sometimes it does, but you know what I mean.
When references do and do not work...
References work if they're relevant to what's going on.

They don't if it's just a random "lol meme humour" thrown in.
This really is an amazing mess of a comic. Some ideas could be interesting if they weren't used so poorly.
its mecha sonic not metal sonic you arent a REAL SMBZ FAN YOU P O S E R
goddamn, you and your [GAME NAME REDACTED] references
I should think of a metaphor...
I got it.

Characters are like permanent marker on a whiteboard that is the story. You can't erase or edit them, only add on to them.

BUT! Let's say that events are written in dry-erase marker. Dry-erase marker over permanent marker can erase permanent marker, but in order to do so, you have to totally cover it - with a big event that directly affects the character and changes them. Characters can only change due to their experiences.

(Of course, a suitably damaging event that covers the entire character would erase them - their death, so to speak.)

Sonic throughout this whole thing has been more like a character written in dry-erase - his intelligence constantly changing and therefore also his personality, somewhat. But it's not due to any drastic events, it's literally, "I'm bored now, change him." And now it's affected Knuckles, too.

... I think that's a pretty good metaphor. Why didn't I think of that instead of writing a long commercial for Creed! (Which undersells the movie, honestly. It's not a Rocky movie, it's a Creed movie, but Rocky has the more defined personality by the time of the movie [thanks to having had a million of them] which is why I focused on him. Creed needs a sequel though.)

Not really gonna spend too much time on the awkwardness of the True Love Fund thing. I've a feeling he probably actually felt a little guilty for that one.
Yep, she's out of the comic now.
Actively, anyway - a few times references are made to her defeating Mephiles.

Which is a good way of maintaining continuity and it's better than just completely forgetting she ever existed because that would be kind of awkward to do to such a major character.

But we never see her again.

Also this is one of those jabs at religion I was talking about. It might have been a little heavy-handed.

But I think it's better than saying "Hey watch The Passion of the Christ" when your audience is mostly kids.
I feel like this "True Love Fund" ended horribly.

Also if that Zebub guy can remove peoples powers. Why not remove Mephiles powers? So his threats are meaningless.