Three comics in one review...
really doesn't deserve much of a review. It's Cerebus Syndrome
at its worse. Not only does the whole thing descend into a spiraling pit of Wangst
, it gets hijacked towards the end to promo the next comic. Non of the characters are interesting here, which brings the drama down even worse. Oh, and it wasn't funny, either.
falls into another normally
deadly trope: Narm
, and BOY does it have it. The Wangst
is still present, and when accompanied by its arch-nemesis comedy should kill the comic dead. It doesn't. By the time Walky
really got dramatic, both Willis' writing and drawing had improved tenfold. The characters were far more well-rounded, and could support the Drama Bombs A LOT better than the Roomies!
cast could. Hell, when the old comic's cast were brought over, they received far stronger development than in their own strip. Not to say it was all good. The Narm
could get overwhelming at points (the Walky/Joyce relationship drama after Dina's death
nearly broke my original Archive Binge
very reason for existing became endless Wangst
about how much her life sucked. And the ending was more "meh" than anything else (it was still cool at parts, though). Best of all, when it aims for laughs, it hits the mark more often than naught.
is the only one I've read while it's still running, and...well, it's a lot closer to Roomies!
than anything. Unlike the first comic, when it's trying to be funny, it REALLY works. The Batman jokes are awesome, and while most of the Transformers
jokes fly over my head, I can still catch the gist of most. Unfortunately, the drama doesn't work quite as well as in Walky.
Once again, the characters are just not developed enough to work as anything but as an outlet for cracks about Fan Dumb
and retail work. It did
get better when Leslie entered the picture, but is still hit-and-miss. And then there's Amber and Mike...and we shall speak of them no more.
Granted, most of it is easier to swallow with a Binge, but even so, it's just okay.
There, I just reviewed two comics that ended years ago, and one that I rapidly seem to be the sole remaining reader of. Well...see ya!