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Friday, April 28, 2006

Review #8: ...AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

[Note to both of you reading this: the Doctor finally found another webcomic he decided to review. However, whilst digging through the archives of this comic, the strain of randomness he found was so intense that his brain temporarily imploded. I, Dr. Ben-Jamin, a.k.a. the subconscious mind of Dr. Haus, shall be taking over the reviewing duties until we can get his conscious mind back in working order]

Title: The Avatar
Artist: James Firkins
Collective: None
Genre: Comedy...I think
Updates: Mon-Wed-Fri
Link: http://www.the-avatar.com

OH SNAP!

If it weren't for a certain Flash animation that appeared on Newgrounds, neither I nor many people would have heard of this comic at all. But I did see the Flash cartoon that Mr. Firkins finished in honor of making 200 strips of this...masterpiece.

This cartoon has a little bit of everything: its own political news network, athiests, ominous people, terrorist plane hijacking, nuclear toast, and the list goes on...

The real kicker of this comic is this fellow, "Sir Godfrey of Boullion." He seems to play the lovable retard of the comic, though it is unknown whether any of the characters really like him or not. Seriously, just try reading multiple strips featuring this character. It made Dr. Haus' brain implode, the sheer random retardedness of Godfrey will cause the same reaction within your own skull.

Hell, the entire comic has almost reached Family Guy portions of randomness in its attempt to make the audience laugh, except Family Guy does it better.

Art: 2.5/5 (Meh, nothing special, though earlier strips are a little hard on the eyes)
Story: 1.5/5 (Wait...there's a storyline? +.5 points because one might be starting as of this review.)
Humor: ?/5 (see Final Thoughts)
Action: 2/5 (nothing really exciting action-wise, except as a means of slapstick humor)
Characters: 2.5/5 (With a few exceptions, Mr. Firkins doesn't bother to give these characters unique traits).
Overall (not an average): 2.5/10
Evil Stuff: Plenty of cartoon violence, one bloody scene, humor might make brain implode.
Final Thoughts: Dr. Haus was slightly amused when he cruised through the first few strips, but then The Avatar's particular brand of humor took a turn for the worse when he saw that the comic had trouble deciding whether to go along the one-shot gag route (like Joe and Monkey [Review #1]) or making a few storylines and throwing in jokes derived from the plot (like The Adventures of Dr. McNinja [to be reviewed]). Instead, you, the reader, get the worst of both worlds. The good Doctor recommends that you do not read this unless you are heavily intoxicated or you think that Family Guy is too complicated for you.

Let us all hope that Dr. Haus will eventually recover soon.

2 Comments:

  • Thanks for the review.

    Ironically enough I agree with most of your negative points (except the ones about similarities to Family Guy - in my mind the two have very different humour styles), partly because The Avatar is currently in a phase that hopefully will eventually fix many of those problems. The comic itself - how I originally envisioned it at least - didn't really begin until chapter two. I'd be very interested to hear what you'd have to say about the comic if you did a re-review in perhaps a year's time, by which point it should be well into the story (and there will be one - it's really only just getting started at this point, though).

    Again, thanks for a helpfully constructive review.

    By Blogger Malediction, at 6:41 PM  

  • "Helpfully constructive?" This wasn't one of the most constructive criticisms I could put out, but I thank you for your good nature.

    And on another note, hey, someone noticed my blog! Awesome!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to yelling at sick children.

    By Blogger Dr. Haus, at 4:24 PM  

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