|[OOC] Please forgive this random note, but the new 2004 Webcomic Book Club picture is absolutely fantastic. Thank you Furilius and Denise. Now, back to your regularly scheduled review. [/OOC]
I've been following Wish3 for a while and my thoughts on it are a bit mixed.
On one hand, I love the idea of the plot and how it brings in all the classic elements of storytelling, such as external evils/pressures, true friends, fate, internal evils/pressures, action, background, destiny as something that is changable (i.e. failing when you're fated to succeed), and even some of the light beginnings of love.
However, some of the plot elements, such as Basil's family all being out to get him, seem a tad... forced, in a way. The evil sword is so stereotypical that I actually cringed when it first came out, but it is a reasonable human wish, when you think about it. I guess we're just stereotypical creatures.. >_>
Looking at the characters, I enjoy them, but they also seem a bit cut-and-paste at times. Not entirely, mind you, but enough that I could, with little effort, get them confused with characters from other manga-esque works. They do have their unique traits, though...
Moving on to art... I find it a bit confusing at times, especially in black and white. Not an entirely bad thing, and at least the panels all go in an expected left-right-up-down fashion. The art is usually clean, but can get very fuzzy and conceptually muddy at times, especially during action scenes.
My two main comments on Wish3 are in regards to the layout. First, I think that the comic could stand to be on its own page, without frames and just with a simple header and footer. Maybe it's just my current computer, but I was continually scrolling about and wishing that I could see everything at once, to truly get a feel for each page in its entirely, not just as a series of panels connected together. Secondly, the kanji characters used as speech, while interesting, became a little annoying after three or four pages of nothign but them for text. A translation, even rough, would have been nice, just to give a better idea of what is going on. In the Basil/Mitei fight, I don't know if Mitei is being arrogant, righteous, mocking, or just plain "I will kill you!", and some idea of her words would help a lot to set the scene.
Overall, I find that Wish3 is a generally good webcomic, and while I will continue to read it, it gets only a Six out of Ten from me.