The comic in question is called the Flowfield Unity; the man behind the comic is one Adam York Gregory, an impressive name in it’s own right.
It began, as I understand it, as a print comic that is now being posted to the web. Much like others who have done the same, as well as the countless ones that have done the opposite, it shows that it is quite feasible for a comic to work equally well in either medium.
As for the comic itself, it definitely has potential.
Potential is a funny word. While technically complimentary at its core, it comes across much harsher. After all, saying that something might eventually be good is simply a roundabout way of saying it isn’t good right now, yes?
So I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea – I definitely like the Flowfield Unity. It has been a little hit or miss to my tastes, with some strips going over my head and others just falling flat. One of the most visually exciting ones left me indifferent as to the actual content.
The larger portion of the strips, though, the largest feeling I felt… was potential.
It comes down to rhythm in a lot of ways. The strips from the very beginning involve exceptionally cool concepts, but they don’t quite convey them with the same beat, the same punch as does xkcd or the Perry Bible Fellowship.
They are well-crafted, there is no denying it. When I look at the first strips, I get the sense of nothing so much as visual poetry, illustrated haikus. That is hardly anything to laugh at – and therein lies the problem.
The strip revolves around the premise of turning ideas on their head, and presenting concepts broken ever so slightly askew. But the cleverness of such things will only take you so far, and without the humor found in those oddities, it will be hard to truly leave an impact on the reader.
Of course, there is only some twenty-odd strips in the archive at present date. The beat of the strip may very well change, and start fully delivering on the possibilities it touches upon. May already have done so, in fact, given he is drawing from an already published resource that consists of a much larger body of work.
For right now, though, it remains worth reading. Sometimes it won’t do much for me, and sometimes it will deliver something that genuinely leaves me smiling.
Right now it is a comic with potential, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.