|The Life of Riley
A review by Kajamir the Giant
After sitting through a majority of LOR's archive, I'm afraid I must be much less kind in review than those who have already given their opinions. I found LOR to be an overly hyped, juvenile, and confusing comic with horrendous writing and uneven art. I don't understand at all, the appeal this comic has.
If I could say what this comic is about, that might be a plus, because I can't. Rather, it's more a collection of sequences, vaguely connected. The first seventy comics or so concern with a basic non-story based run of tech/game geek 'jokes'. Then there's a short Stubble-like strife filled end-of-romance period between a previously little mentioned vampire roommate, an angel in disguise as a raver, and an obnoxious succubus, which at some point, translates into a ridiculous and long winded end-of-the-world plot, involving a monotonous paint ball war on a floating island, alongside a pretentious battle with demons being not unlike DBZ in admitted style, but less interesting. It just boggles the mind how this comes to be, and I don't mean in the way that I'm impressed with the execution. The comic is just non-sensical in overrall run. It either tries to impress the reader with unfunny punch lines/sequences or with shows of power/weak plot twists (the battle scene). The dialogue is nothing to write home about. There's nothing of any particular thought being discussed, the characters are shallow, and there's a distinct lack much way to identify them with a personality with maybe the exception of two. There are way too many characters in this, most notable during the BOBS sequence which, as I understand it, brought in a number of fans of the comic as cameos, who were little else than a collection of images with nothing very distinctive to know about them. Time and time again, LOR repeats these mistakes. It is more fanboyish and unpracticed than anything noteworthy.
LOR's art is variable as well. The baby faced characters didn't do anything for me, though I could recognize this person and that, by gender. During the war sequence, it gets literally laughable. There's a scene that was intended to be impressive, when the Arch Succubus Jezebel is seen for the first time. Instead, I'm just thinking how ridiculous it all was. The proportions were bad, and the censor flames were corny. It seems like the artist knew this, and limits a great deal of the interactions were head shots in the darkness, which in of itself, was tiresome. Of that constant darkness, it seems more like cutting corners than showing a grim scene. After the war scene, the art changed at least twice, going to a kawaii style, and then something actually decently rendered. However, by that time, I had my fill of LOR.
Of The Life of Riley, I literally found it unpleasant at every page, enough so that I'd regard it, at least by my own perspective, as a chore. LOR needs a huge amount of work, but I suspect given the inexplicable legions of fans it has (it was even applauded on PvP as of this writing on the front page), it will not develop what it needs to be something better. I give LOR a 1 out of 10. LOR is a complete thumbs down from this giant.