QCsucks Weekly Update October 9th
In my quixotic journey for e-fame I have decided that a good addition to Carl’s new blog is the review of the much maligned Questionable Content by Jeph “Jeff Jacks” Jacques. Instead of trying to review the whole shitty mess as a whole, I shall review it week by week, giving out bite sized rants for each comic. So let’s get it started.
Oh man! Don’t you love how Jeff Jacks confuses repeated jokes with characterization? Hannalore doesn’t comprehend sexual innuendos! Sven is unemotionable and calculating in relationships! Jeff Jacks is dependent on the last panel joke!
QC is a story comic, the priority of the comic is primarily to advance the story, to show the characters as they move through life. In order for QC to be successful, it does not need to have a joke in every comic. In a good webcomic, humor is just one tool that the artist uses to tell the story. Look at the wonderful Gunnerkrigg Court, which switches from hilarious, to charming, to heartbreaking from chapter to chapter with the lightest of ease. Alternatively, QC just attempts jokes after jokes, most of them forced, most of them bad, and all too often out of place.
I seriously doubt Hannelore as she has been characterized would ever forget her purse anywhere. But hey, what’s the point of characterization if it gets in the way with the day to day humor. Also I am pretty sure sarcastic replies aren’t enough to stop a person with severe anxieties from having said anxieties. But hey, we are just clearing ground for the eventual Martin/Hanners relationship. And what could be a better couple than the Mary-Sue main character and the fan service crazy girl?
I characterize Martin as the mary sue not because he is particularly like Jeff Jacks himself, as I do not know Jeff Jacks himself well, though a disproportionate amount of the characters are knowledgeable in Jeff’s favorite book Dune, and are too willing to make bad references about it. He is however, way too liked by all the main charactes, and doesn’t do anything legitimately wrong throughout the course of the comic.
This one annoys me the most because it one is undermined by Jeff Jack’s pathological need for a punch line in every comic. If it were not for the fact that there is a punchline in each of the sven-hanners arc that implies that the date is a joke, then this comic could have been great passable, right now it is just redundant and stupid.
Filler comic with some more poor humor in the last panel. I wonder if Jeff Jacks stays awake at night worrying that someone might not laugh at each comic.
Hannelore breaks character to defend Sven, or rather, she is possessed by the high-horse-assassin that Jeff Jacks pulls out every time he needs to stop his characters from being whiny and stuck up. Which means that he doesn’t use this ghost enough for my liking. Person_1 from IRC suggest that the last panel would be funnier if Martin starts talking about someone else’s ass instead of Sven’s. And I have to agree, but god forbid Martin would do anything remotely interesting.
Alright, that is all I have to say this week, if it becomes clear that longer reviews would be appreciated but for now, this is what I give you. You insufferable bastards.