The Webcomic Watchman

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Review #11: You Bastard!

(Please bear with us as the good doctor tries to add a modicum of professionalism to this blog that he is hardly professional about.)
The Bastard Swordsman
Title: The Bastard Swordsman
Artist: Dan "The Bastard" Glasl
Collective: None
Genre: Action with a pinch of comedy
Updates: Monday and Friday
Link: Click the pic above

"So, Dr. Haus, this comic is called the Bastard Swordsman, right?"


"But the main character is a woman. Wouldn't a more accurate title be 'The Bastard Swordswoman?'"

"Maybe the creator wasn't referring to her specifically."

"Who else could he be referring to? That guy who bares a resemblance to Shan-Yu from Mulan? That drunk dude who doesn't even have a sword? Or is this another one of those comics where the main character magically had his/her gender switched and doesn't know why?"

"Does it really matter that much?"

"It should matter, dammit! After 51 strips, I still have no freakin' clue where the story's going, or even if it exists! Something about an orphan girl named Faith who travels around in a sports bra trying to kill people with a big sword for some unknown reason."

"Okay, so the story's a little light..."

"A little? I learned more from the cast page than I have from the comic, and that ain't a good sign."

"...what about the action?"

"Ah yes, some interesting action, back in the day when shouting out the name of your attack before doing it was considered cool. What's with that 'Southern Cross' technique, huh? Why can't she do an 'Eastern Crescent' strike? Or a 'North Star?'"

"Buddy, you're expecting way too much from this comic right now. Just go to sleep."

"Hey I'm not done here! And what's with that catgirl? Does the world really need another comic with those, even if she does have a pyromaniacal twist? Hey, what are you doing with that gun?"

(insert "pfft" SFX)

"I knew this tranquilizer gun would come in handy. Nurse, we got another case of heightened expectations. Charge my 'deluxe' price package to his credit card and tell him to come back in a few months."

Art: 4/5 (Very nicely detailed, though the coloring is a strange choice and the drawings edge close to GAS-sy*.)
Story: 2/5 (Not much to speak of. Needs some work)
Humor: 3/5 (It has its fair share, from slapstick to dialogue)
Action: 4/5 (Pretty damn good so far, but just a few steps away from spectacular)
Characters: 2.5/5 (Interesting twist on the catgirl "Mueney," but the rest of the cast needs some work)
Overall (not an average): 6.5/10
Evil Stuff: Plenty of blood and violence, sometimes slapstick, sometimes realistic.
Final Thoughts: I've seen better than TBS, but it could use a little more time to mature. Something to look at if you're a fan of No Need For Bushido.

*GAS="Generic Anime Style"


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