Thursday, October 2, 2008

Review: Power Up Comics...


I know some webcomic reviewers say things to the effect that they will only review comics that they can give a meaty, lengthy wall o' text of, or comics that they like right from the beginning, or won't even give a gag strip a second look. If you're going to review, I would think that you should take a look at any and all types of strips, good and bad, otherwise you're biased, and you should probably be doing something else. I don't think Siskel and Ebert(or Ebert and Roeper)skipped movies just because they didn't like comedies, or knew ahead of time that Fly Me To The Moon was a pile of chimp nuggets. Of course, you could also say that this is just a hobby and you just want to say what you want about whatever you want, so hey, I suppose that's okay too. Anyway, this is all going someplace, if you thought I was just rambling like Quentin Tarantino talking about crappy blaxploitation cinema from the seventies. Review? Okay, okay, here it is...

Power Up Comics is a(shudder)webcomic about..wait for it...gamers on a couch! Yeah, I know. Wait a minute though, could it have some originality? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The comic revolves around a couple of shmoes with names like Turdburger and..oh, no, that's not right...okay, Dorkwinkle *cough* and Shadow(cool huh)talking games and game systems, and even talking TO the game systems themselves. Shadow and Chug(the creators of this opus)have given us a traditional gamer comic to gander at. Should we gander at it? Oh man...keep reading..

I'm just going to go ahead and get it right out. Good Lord the art is atrocious. The character designs themselves aren't so bad, except that they use the SAME DRAWINGS IN EVERY SINGLE STRIP! What the hell? Here are a couple of examples: This one, and this one. Or hey, how about this one, and this one. I could go on and on and on....I have NEVER seen this amount of reuse in a comic. It's almost as if it's being done with a purpose other than being lazy or having no artistic skills. Maybe he's just out to make a horrible experience? I don't know, but at any rate, it's bad, the art is just flipped around at different angles at times, cut and pasted to oblivion, and the colors are of the blindingly bright variety, but the same art over and over. Look at this one! It's just Dorkwinkle with long hair! Disgusting.

Story and writing! Wheee! Okay, the characters go on wacky adventures, such as ending up at the Hardon Hotel to have sex with an obese woman, or, well, that's about it. Other than that it's just sitting or standing around the couch saying things like "you're gay" or "you're really gay". Terrible jokes, or no jokes at all, infect you like a bad case of gout or something. I can't find anything positive because it's just not funny. They don't even make funny or interesting observations about games, the whole POINT of this comic. AAAAAGH!!!

Okay, let's just end this disaster right now. I actually found it more fun reading the reader comments making fun of the comic than the comic itself. But I found that there were regulars that came to the comic. Why? Maybe I have an answer to that. I read the entire archive. Because it was so bad that I found myself laughing at this abortion. But not because it was good, no no. This has to be the worst webcomic I've ever seen. It was kind of like a car wreck. Couldn't look away. What does that say about me? I think I need therapy after this. I'm going to go cover up in my bed and cry myself to sleep after this one. Avoid it unless you're the kind of person that would watch Faces of Death. If that's the case enjoy! How was that for a review?

I give Power Up Comics...this video.

5 comments:

Mike Sieber said...

The video is definitely more entertaining than the comic, but both prove a point: Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you should.

Austin said...

TV Tropes notes this comic as "a Stealth Parody of the Two Gamers On A Couch genre, it intentionally straddles the line between So Bad Its Good and So Bad Its Horrible... A creation of Dinosaur Comics fans, is a spoof of videogame webcomics that is hard to identify as such, mostly because there are serious videogame webcomics that really are that bad or even worse."

I hope you chew out whoever made you think this was a serious-effort comic worthy of your review, because you just got played, and I mean played. It's a sad world we live in, to have something like Powerup to continue to exist and have notoriety...

Yours Truly said...

Liked the review.
I'm sure the guy will improve later on - he has good basic drawing skills, just need to refine the story... I say do a followup in about a year and see if he improved...

Anonymous said...

Fake. Check this link:

http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=13204&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Jack Carter. said...

Yeah, I know now. I updated. My mistake eh?