May 11th, 2016, 4:22 pm

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Sonic and Pals: Part 19 [The End of an Era]

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At long last, it's finally over.
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My final thoughts on Sonic and Pals...

Zero Kirby May 11th, 2016, 4:38 pm

Like most other webcomics out there it's mostly harmless. The only crime it has is just not being very funny or interesting. This is due to a lot of factors, though.

The first one is that Bob and George exists and managed to get the Grandfather Clause on a lot of common sprite comic conventions by virtue of being among the first to do them. By the time Sonic and Pals came out they were cliches, and he did nothing to evolve them.

The second is the characters - most of them are pretty unlikable. The Author is obviously some bully who uses his godlike powers to attack the characters, whose retaliations are generally justified. But we're also supposed to feel bad for this guy when he loses his powers? Sorry, I didn't. Sonic's intelligence fluctuates wildly, though not in a clever way like Mega Man where it's part of his programming, it's just because Selly or the Author magically increase or decrease his IQ at will.

Knuckles seems like the most grounded of the cast - towards the end of the series he seems to be the most moral as well, alongside Tails, who near the end seems to be the actual main character. Amy's a selfish bitch who doesn't learn from her mistakes and just uses Knuckles for his money, easily the worst character in the entire comic, and Cream is an arrogant inventor with an ego the size of Jupiter.

Horus is on the same level of Knuckles, Pearl and Selly were about on the same level as Tails, just slightly more Mary Sueish, I'm not gonna talk much about the self-insert girlfriends because Kristy left and Casey... didn't really get much time to develop a personality, actually. Robotnik wasn't a threatening villain, and I don't even think he showed up once during the Sonic Rush arc. The robots were AI piloted.

Thirdly, the game stories feel longer than they should and just end up reusing the same jokes over and over and over again. Burning lava, brick walls, throwing things at the Author, at some point entering a coma, characters severely injuring one another, it gets pretty tiresome. The original stories just follow the exact same formulas with little deviation - and Sonic himself is rarely the big hero. The characters are also pretty static - like I said above, Amy never learns to stop spending money, and none of the other characters really change due to a plotline. And at least a couple of them were just dropped with little to no explanation or reason.

Finally, the amount of interrupting filler so that the author can tell us his views on the minutiae of life, such as religion and chain mail, was completely unnecessary. You're writing a gag-a-day comic, give us gag-a-days. Don't interrupt it so you can say how stupid chain mail is. That's what a news section is for. All you're doing is extending the storyline unnecessarily and wasting the day. Coming up with excuses for why the comic is particularly lazy that day, c'mon man, nobody wants to see that shit IN the comic, just explain in the comment you were a little late and don't bring it up anymore after that. Nobody really cares that much if one comic out of a bunch is worse than the others, it's bound to happen.

There's a handful of funny strips in this thing, but I don't think they're worth sitting through the rest.

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Whip the Rabbit May 12th, 2016, 10:40 am

I've been following and laughing along with this review of SaP for a good while, and honestly, I never realized how uh... low on quality it is in retrospect. XD
Still, I can't bring myself to say I dislike SaP. Despite the cliches and poor writing and junk, the memory of what the comic was like whilst it was running is still pleasant to me. uvu
It was a comic that updated every single day, and the author was nice and reached out to the fans, even if it was a lot of weird preaching and junk. As a young teen first discovering sprite comics, and webcomics in general, through this dumb series about Sonic hitting brick walls, it was nice to have the consistent updates for five years. uvu

But as a comic on its own right, jfc was this awful. I imagine Sonic and Pals would have rested more gracefully in my memory than being resurfaced oops. c:
Still, I super enjoyed this commentary on the series, so thanks a ton for making this, aye? =D