I was going to do an extended post about the webcomics, er, anti-drama currently going on, but I think it’s easy enough to just say:
Hey, people getting along.
Anyway, on to an actual review. Birdsworth has been going on for a little over a month now, and has been my first true experience with a comic of its genre.
Overall? I’m liking it. I’m a fan of language, and a writing-driven strip works just fine for me, whether it features recycled art or otherwise.
The one thing I am finding interesting / irksome is that the action matches the dialogue on some occasions, but not on others. Which is to say, everth fourth panel Bywren (I just realized how great that name is. Man, I’m slow. Anyway, tangent over.) exits stage left, followed by Shelley a panel later. Sometimes these departures seem perfectly natural – sometimes the departure seems to come just before the actual reason for it – at other times, the characters seem to simply depart mid-conversation.
That said, I have to imagine even getting the flow of action right half the time to be a daunting task, so I can forgive it if the template sometimes takes a backseat to the dialogue.
In any case, this element of the genre struck me as interesting, if only because it is a very rare genre where the action matching the scene is a plus, not a requirement. It only came to mind since Birdsworth normally delivers so smoothly, that when one or two scenes struck me as ‘off’, it stood out all the more.
Final analysis? The strip is staying strong, and I’m having to resist the temptation to dig up similar comics of that field. That’s certainly a winning recommendation in my book.