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Metal Sonic: The Path Of Anguish (Re-Review)

October 27th, 2014, 6:37 pm

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Author's Comments:

Reply Ultimate Yoshi, October 27th, 2014, 6:40 pm

Read Metal Sonic: The Path Of Anguish here:

It's completely coincidental that the original review was exactly one year ago, but I thought it was really cool and couldn't help pointing it out once I discovered that.

Next up... *sigh* DEMON AND SONIC HAVE A GOOD AVENTURE by awsomebeans2. I dodged this once, but looks like it's time to delve into what sounds like a very inexperienced comic. But maybe I shouldn't judge it before I read it. I'll judge it afterwards.

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User's Comments:

Reply BattleStarX, October 27th, 2014, 6:51 pm

Any improvement is good improvement. And it can lead to further improvement and better starts with any future project.

Reply Retro Pikachu, October 27th, 2014, 9:07 pm

Prepare for the worst time of your life. First DEMON AND SONIC HAVE A GOOD ADVENTURE, then Team Shapes, then Haters. Let the madness begin.

Reply 1ce_k1d, October 27th, 2014, 9:34 pm

@Retro Pikachu: We shall call it the Three Fat Fails.

Reply SUGauthor, October 27th, 2014, 10:06 pm

The reason I did the flashbacks the way I did is because the story is told from Metal Sonic's perspective, and I felt like it would be incredibly bad form to shift focus from him constantly. Plus I wanted there to be an air of mystery around the heroes actions, one comic Tails is saying "Here's the plan!" and the next Tails is gone so you know they're doing something, I wanted people to speculate. Besides if you knew what they were planning from the beginning it would have put a damper on the fight scene.

Other than that though (and the topic of whether swearing can ever be appropriate in a Sonic Comic, but that doesn't really matter), this review is pretty spot on, I agree with everything. Visual effects are something I really struggle with, and I really love my dialogue so sometimes it's hard to not let them talk as much as I want them too. I'm working on a sequel around Shadow so this advice isn't going to waste, and when it's ready I'll probably ask for another review because I always learn a lot from these. Just thought you should know that.

Reply Blizzard, October 27th, 2014, 11:41 pm

I can't wait to see the next comic get ripped to shreds! I mean... I can't wait to see what you have to say about the next comic.

Reply CapedLuigisYoshi, October 28th, 2014, 12:07 am

Looking at the upcoming one now, and... honestly, it looks like a straight-up troll comic.

(I suppose this is another of those cases where more of us are commenting about the next-to-come review than the current one, huh?)

Reply Ultimate Yoshi, October 28th, 2014, 5:12 am

@SUGauthor: Hm... Knowing that, I suppose the decision to do the flashbacks that way makes sense, but in the end, it still didn't feel well implemented. If you wanted to keep the focus on Metal Sonic but still tell the full story, a better way to have done that would have been to have Metal actually ask how the heroes did what they did, and then for every question Metal has, they explain via one of your flashback pages. Granted, that would require figuring out why Metal would just sit there and let them explain themselves, but the flashbacks could occur as Metal is futilely attacking them or some other similar situation. The way they were introduced in Path of Anguish just felt sudden and out-of-place, as they occur as Knuckles is powering down the Chaos Emeralds and Metal is speeding towards Angel Island to stop them. Their placement is really what makes them confusing, so even if you want to focus on Shadow in your next comic, I would say that if you're going to involve flashbacks that provide information to the readers, to try and place them in the story in a way that doesn't just have them show up suddenly. Try to integrate them better, and it should work out even if they're not immediately after when they occur chronologically (and therefore not even flashbacks) like I implied in the review.

Reply Therater2, October 28th, 2014, 7:27 am

@Blizzard: Agreed! This will be fun. But not for Ulti. Three in a row that will all stink...

Reply Melvyn Lennard, October 28th, 2014, 10:17 am

Golly, the title for the next comic xD

This comic actually looks pretty cool. Might have to give it a read at some point.

Any idea on when mine might be looked at?

Reply Ultimate Yoshi, October 28th, 2014, 10:55 am

@Melvyn Lennard: There's an upcoming page for a reason.

Reply Blizzard, October 28th, 2014, 2:18 pm

@Therater2: Well on the bright side, they will be easy to review.

Reply Melvyn Lennard, October 28th, 2014, 4:51 pm

@Ultimate Yoshi: You mean the bit in the description?

Reply Ultimate Yoshi, October 28th, 2014, 4:53 pm

@Melvyn Lennard:, the actual page titled "Upcoming". It's right next to the TL;DR page. It lists all future reviews and not just the immediate next one.

Reply Melvyn Lennard, October 28th, 2014, 4:55 pm

@Ultimate Yoshi: Sometimes I forget that webcomics are actually on their own sites and aren't just based on their SmackJeeves profile .-.


Reply Jarkes, October 29th, 2014, 7:39 am

@Melvyn Lennard: Which one's yours?

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