|A review of Commander Kitty
by Kajamir the Giant
Commander Kitty is a relatively short archived comic, easy for a first timer to jump in. The art is pleasant, concise while cartoonish, and looks like it could be a saturday morning animation. The characters are generally innocuous and befitting the light hearted genre. However, while this comic could be said to be produced well, I did not like it very much. It's not bad per se, but it's not my cup of tea, essentially.
Generally, while the characters befit the situation, I don't like them. Commander Kitty is a mean spirited bi-polar personality jerk, too reminiscent of managers I've had to work with. As such, I'm not interested in reading about whatever ridiculous nuance plagues him. Fluffy is your typical innocent kawaii cutesy character, while the ferret is simply a non-speaking/cute sound uttering gimmick with really nothing to add to the story. Mittens is usually the straight man to Kitty's abuse, and he seems to be the only one given even the slightest touch of genuine internal dilemmas, as regarded by a recent conversation by some robotic mice. Mouse is the real show stealer, a variable wise cracking database. Because Mittens and Mouse are only side characters, and I have to put up with reading Kitty's arrogance and spite more than not, it's just not enough to save the interest for me.
I find some parts of this comic confusing in set-up, particularly early on, when conclusions and transitions are very sudden, and seemingly delayed in meaning (ex. the bizarro version of the crew appearing and vanishing). The lack of flow this creates irks me, though it tones down later on. However, it was bad enough for me to see a shadow cast on my enjoyment.
Some of the plot points are interesting and amusing however, such as the Pangolin telemarketers as well as the references to StarGate and Homestar Runner. But it seems to me Commander Kitty functions on one sole basis. It must win you over for being cute. This is not enough to stand on its own merit to my eyes. It's cutely drawn and mapped out, but not overwhelmingly so to me. As was brought up as a point in a recent webstrip of Shaw Island (not referring to this comic, but in general), CK is reminiscent of the content of sunday comics in the paper. They're supposed to be funny, but they don't really make you laugh. Commander Kitty just doesn't amuse me much.
I'm sure others will like the light hearted content and characters, but I can't feign enjoying this one by personal tastes, and do not intend to read it further. I give Commander Kitty 3.5 out of 10 stars. Again, this is largely out of personal taste for what is presented, not that the comic was made all that poorly.