Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Oh dear. As I see it, there are two giant horrible problems with this. I don't feel like writing too much so I'll go through them fast:
1, total nerd service. This is literally promoting sysadmins to actual heroic levels, making the anonymous admin a superhero, walking across glass, risking death, etc. In other words, not something a nerd computer dude would ever actually do. But how better to make your nerd fans happy than to suggest that many of them are heroes? After all, someone who does what the sysadmin in the comic does will probably get to have sex with people! people who are impressed with him or her.
2, holy lord, Randall! show don't tell! this is such a blatant example of it. Look at the story in this comic: A bunch of hostages are being held somewhere, a dude crosses over broken glass, kills his enemies - that's exciting. But what are the images we see to go along with it? A dude on a cell phone. That's...not as exciting. Instead of seeing the interesting events, we hear a guy talk about them with words. I'm not going to say it's because Randall is lazy and didn't feel like drawing something that complicated - wait, yes I am. Randall is lazy and if he had tried harder this comic would have been better.
3. I guess I lied, there's 3 things: The phrasings and pacing is real bad. Why does the guy on the other end of the phone not say the important stuff first? Why does he go "well it was all well and good, la dee da, do doo dooo, oh wait actually we're screwed cause of this one guy." Also, why does the on screen character act so panicked if the superhero sysadmin isn't actually trying to rescue the hostages? If he's just reconnecting the internet, why is that a big deal? Lastly, "muttering about uptime" should be enough of a clue that the character they are talking about is a sysadmin, coming out at the end and saying it takes a lot away from the impact of the joke.