World of Webcomics: 'Troops of Doom'

 

Troops of DoomWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Troops of Doom is different than a lot of other webcomics that I’ve read on the Internet—and believe me, I’ve read a lot over the years—in that it uses childhood action figures and vehicles to tell its story.  Okay, so it isn’t as though it is that different, but what really stands out for this comic is that it takes the established backgrounds of G.I. Joe and Star Wars characters and warps them, so they’re interactive with one another, and that is a very different style than I have ever seen before.  It is quite amusing, and absolutely silly in the extreme, but still has a bit of a limited draw compared to several others online.  The comic updates on a random schedule (but at least twice a week) at troopsofdoomcomic.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style


There really isn’t a unique style to this webcomic, given that the creator takes various action figures and playsets to use as characters and settings.  I will state, however, that the use of the playsets is very diverse, and when there are no actual playsets involved—such as the headquarters of Cobra—then the use of non-related backgrounds allows for a filler without it being completely bare.  While not the first comic to utilize real-life models as a storytelling device, the interaction between the characters makes the comic very interesting to read.  I would, however, like to see some more unique aspects to the comic’s settings and characters aside from the playsets used: some creative photoshoping, perhaps even some actual paintings, but it all depends upon the abilities of the creator and what he has to work with—which, as a webcomic, isn’t always a lot, given that they tend to mostly be self-published environments without an official marketability.


Writing and Dialogue



The thing that really sticks out the most for me in the dialogue is the frequent use of expletives from the Farscape franchise, such as Yotz; it isn’t that I dislike Farscape—I’m a big fan, actually—but I don’t want to see it in a comic that focuses on Star Wars and G. I. Joe.  For me, it really takes away from the comic’s ability to stand on its own, since it borrows something that isn’t even part of what it is already borrowing from.


The writing itself, however, is really clever and silly, a great combination for a webcomic that makes fun of two great fandoms (at least for me).  It is progressive, continues to reference itself from earlier strips so that there is continuity throughout the comic, and is very amusing to read.  At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the situation, given the vast differences between the fandoms that it borrows from, but the creator has done a spectacular job of weaving it, so that they interact in a very interesting and informative way.  I will warn, however, that it doesn’t follow strict backgrounds with regard to their respective fandoms, so some readers may be disappointed, but if you go in not expecting it, then you’re going to be amused by the situations shown.


Appeal


The comic is designed to appeal more to the people who have an interest in Star Wars and G. I. Joe, but it isn’t exclusive to the fans of those two particular subjects.  If someone has knowledge of those two fandoms, then they have some idea of what is going on with various characters, but because of the interactive situation between them, such a background is not needed.  Likewise, even if someone isn’t a specific fan of said fandoms, the comedy shown in the strips will amuse readers with gags and anecdotes in abundance.  In no way is the comic serious, and I hope it never does become such, because I always look forward to a laugh from reading it.

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:03

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