|"Tada... its another comic, another week, and this ferret's done all his work, so lets get to this week's comic, Flipside!"
"In the beginning, it was a comic, in a fantasy world. And in this fantasy world was Maytag, a girl, not the company. But, then it gets sort of complicated, with mages, assassins, magic, and manga influenced art. Add into that a story of revenge, and other stuff... and well... I have no clue what to write next. So off to the next section..."
Artwork: "Art, thats what makes or breaks some comics, and this time, Flipside is manga-influenced. You can see it in the character designs and how some of the pages are set up and what not. The problem is the artist isn't quite as sure about what to do as you'd really hope. Things change somewhat, odd angles are used, or a scene just doesn't come together as well as you'd hope. It does improve over time. By Chapter 25, there's a lot better laying out of scenes and shots, but first you have to get through Chapters 1 through 24. Main problem with the art is just the stiffness of the characters in general, during the first 8 chapters."
Characters: "There are quite a few characters. Maytag is the center, but you still have a few characters who get quite a bit of screen time. One of the problems though is your never quite sure why a character acts a certain way (if it weren't for the little footnotes occasionally under each page) or if you do find out, it can sometimes be a VERY long time to get that information. Till then, your just sort of left hanging. And to date, I'm still not exactly whats up with Maytag or why her personality changes all the time. Maybe thats just one of those mysteries we haven't uncovered yet."
Writing: "Its ok. Its nothing I'd really write home about though. Then again, I couldn't write my way out of a wet paper bag. But overall, I guess this is probably the thing that doesn't work quite so well for Flipside. Its a decent comic, but sometimes I just wish it would suprise me more, instead of being just sort of there. Its not bad, but it doesn't do anything for me. Its like I was reading a book that I was only slightly interested in. It was interesting to see how things turned out, but this might have been better had I skipped the parts in the middle and got right to the good stuff."
"But I can't write my way out of a paper bag, so you'll have to decide for yourself."
Plot: "This goes along with the writing. The major arch takes you a while to get through, or it does on a dial-up account anyways, but it sometimes feels like a chore to go through it all. Anyways, at least it tries to keep things interesting."
Overall: "Ok, this isn't a bad comic. Its just not a great comic either. Its just... a comic. Maybe later on, it'll be worth reading more of it, but right now, I just can't really see recommending this comic as anything more than something to check out on occasion, if you've got nothing else to read. There are other fantasy manga-ish web comcis out there that just seem to have more pop and zing than Flipside. So maybe that's hurting my judgement of the comic."
Score: 6 out of 10 Jester Hats.
If you like Flipside, check out Van Von Hunter, Mixed Myth, and Poisonwind! Why? because they're all good comics that are either based on manga, fantasy, or both.