When was the last time you broke out the comics page of the newspaper? (Assuming you’re part of the ever-shrinking group that actually buys newspapers). Is it just me, or have the comics become so dreadful and insipid, that they’re no longer worth looking forward to?
Famous stalwarts are mere shadows of their former glory. Dilbert’s down to being funny twice a month. Garfield lost any sort of creativity and energy 15 years ago. And Cathy’s as compelling as reading a novel spit out by a random word generator.
But at least those guys at least pretend to attempt to entertain, and like the hand of a blind man finding a seed, will occasionally produce a strip of some worth. These on the other hand, are the kinds of strips that everyone I know skips over, except maybe to laugh at the “drama” and “emotion” the authors so regularly fail to generate.
Prince Valiant: This strip appeals to those who both like medieval fighting stuff and have no problem reading War and Peace in three days. This Venn diagram demonstrates the problem with making this your target audience:
As you can see, the intersection of the two sets is very, very tiny. That being said, it’s still found in every major newspaper that I’ve read. Guess it’s true what they say about having connections.
Mark Trail: The best part is its liberal use of English-speaking animals to interject vital plot points into the story.
Apt 3-G: If you haven’t read the strip from pretty much the beginning, whatever Margo and company says and does makes no sense whatsoever. It’s like reading one paragraph from the middle of War and Peace:
See what I mean? However, they do have a brunette, redhead, and blonde, so they got your preference covered.