This is without a doubt one of the greatest webcomics I have ever read, up there with Black Adventures
. It was managed to seamlessly blend comedy, drama, continuity and boatloads of Comedic Sociopathy
all neatly into a 500 strip comic.
Basically, it is a parody comic that 'explains' the backstory of everybody's favourite Quirky Miniboss Squad
from MGS 1
and the events leading up to the game. The comic is supported by its brilliant cast who's unique dynamics and ax-crazy demeanour blend together to create some of the most amusing moments I've ever seen. Indeed, sometimes I had to force myself to stop reading, because it becomes so engrossing.
It's short length means its pretty compact. There's almost no filler, and the filler that is there is always very entertaining (Mantis and Ocelots feuding is always a treat to read). Although the plots can get pretty messy (it was
based on Metal Gear, a series reknowned for its confusing plots), ultimately they are still entertainging, especially in seeing how such a dysfunctional group such as FOXHOUND manage to work together.
The comic is not without its flaws. The main issue was with its art style, which issomewhat reminiscent of South Park
, being simplistic and rather stark. This is especially notable in the beginning where it was particularly shoddy. However, it got significantly better over time and was particularly good towards the end with a rather rich depiction of Metal Gear REX. Also, as previously mentioned, the plotlines get a little messy, particularly the part where the gang end up in Ocelots mind (don't ask). And perhaps my biggest beef is with the characterisation of Liquid, whose character seemed very inconsistent, being both a badass and an idiot antihero. His transition into the badass leader just didn't seem natural, rather forced.
Also Raven is white for some reason...
Even with its flaws though, it is still a brilliant webcomic. Despite being a parody, still manages to be almost frighteningly aligned with the canon. It is a brilliant piece of work that is absolutely hilarious and brilliantly dramatic. What's most striking is that although you know all these characters die in the game, you spend the whole comic watching their exploits and getting to know them, making the ending a massive tearjerker, despite knowing it was always going to happen. This is simply a must-read.