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“Detective Tarson” Review
“It's the year 20XX. Why XX? They lost count.
The world's in danger. There are evil organizations trying to take over. They want to outlaw pudding and stuff, it kinda sucks.
Meet Detective Tarson.
Detective Tarson likes pudding.”
I am very picky when it comes to humor, but I found the short summary clever. It tells the reader that this is going to be a silly, “random humor” comic.
Banner: It’s not very attractive. It seems old; the artist seems to have improved a lot after making this banner.
First pages: These are probably what a reader will first see when they check out your comic, so they are very important. The first page starts the story off with a bang (literally). It’s a good hook.
This comic gives new readers a decent first impression.
The plot is fairly simple: Detective Tarson is tracking the mysterious villan P-Guy. P-Guy is part of the League of Antagonists, who all have it in for Detective Tarson and his penguin buddy. The story is very straight forward; there were few times where the plot confused me. However, it’s been over 40 pages and the story still isn’t very interesting. This can be forgiven because this is a humor comic, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a more exciting plot.
The writing ranges from childish to fairly clever. It’s hard to judge humor, because it everyone has different tastes. However many of the gags and antics seemed unexciting (An example of this would be how the comic broke the 4th wall multiple times). None of the jokes were groaners; they were just bland.
This doesn’t apply to all of the humor in the comic, however. Many jokes fell flat, but some of them actually made me laugh out loud, which is really hard to do. Despite my complaints about the humor, I can honestly say that this is one of the most clever comics on Smackjeeves. It can be a bit dull at times, but Detective Tarson nails quite a few jokes. The comic's at its best when it's unpredictable. Here are my favorite pages:
Detective Tarson is fast-paced comic with a substantial amount of wit.
The art is style for Detective Tarson is very simple. It’s supposed to be a cartoon, but a couple mistakes end up making the artwork look amateurish instead of just minimalistic.
For most of the comic, it doesn’t look like the artist made any attempt at drawing backgrounds in perspective. Example:
However, recent pages try to correct this. The perspective still isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than it used to be.
Proportions and body poses are poor at the beginning of the comic, but you can see improvement as the comic goes on.
Despite these flaws, the art doesn’t hurt the comic much. Character expressions are simple but effective. There are no confusing layouts or panels that you can’t tell what’s been drawn. Even though the line work is shaky, most pages are relatively clean. All the pages are colored (sometimes shaded) and make the comic easy on the eyes.
Though it’s not a work of art, Dective Tarson gets extra points for being colorful and easy to read.
(For the record, the start of the new chapter is a much higher quality than the rest of the comic.
The shading is great and the line work is more controlled. If the future pages look like this one, this score would go up to a 2.75, maybe a 3.)
Consensus: Dectective Tarson is a fast-paced, reasonably funny comic . The artwork is simple, colorful and ever-improving.