The Secret Report
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|Original review author:||Long Tom|
|Webcomic name:||The Secret Report|
|Author:||"Darkhog", real name D. G. Jagielski|
|Start Date:||August 23, 2021 at 1:00.|
|Genre:||Science fiction with humans and dragons from outer space.|
|Defining Flaw:||Atrocious art, atrocious writing, atrocious characters, atrocious plot development, everything in this webcomic has been done atrociously.|
|Art:||[no stars given]
Seriously looks like it was drawn by a toddler. At least it has readable lettering unlike Wormcurse.
|Storyline:||[no stars given]
The basic idea of a secret world of dragons beneath a supposedly ordinary place on Earth might have been intriguing. But this idea is carried out in a hokey manner as explained below.
|Characters:||[no stars given]
Two men buy a house together, but we learn nothing about them other than one is supposed to be Irish.
|Miscellaneous Details:||[no stars given]
The author is actually asking people to send him money. I cannot possibly imagine why anyone would do so.
|Overall:||[no stars given]
This webcomic is not "so bad it's good", it's "so bad it's bad".
I already reviewed another horribly drawn webcomic, namely Wormcurse. But in this webcomic, both art and writing suck equally.
This thing always sucked.
Story and Plot
Two young males buy a tiny house on a huge lot for $80,000 (Which currency?) Unsurprisingly, it is very messy inside, and they clean it up. They actually do a wonderful job of it, all in one day! (Can I hire them to do mine?) Then Will, the taller long-haired man does work on his computer, while Jake, the short orange-haired man, goes to bed, but cannot sleep peacefully. Uh-oh, Will had the same experience, and it turns out the city sold them the property because all the previous owners had left there after hearing the same noises that bothered our heroes.
Let's take a pause. Presumably they bought the house as both a residence and a workplace. Why would they spend so much on their own house rather than, say, renting an apartment or buying a condominium? And who provided the funds? What are their ages, backgrounds, relationship to one another besides coworkers? Certainly we should know these details since these two people made such a big investment together.
The two play frisbee (I assume), and then Jake has an accident. Jake is okay, but they have to look for their "flywheel" (is this Australia?) in the forested part of their property. Doing so, they make another find. Namely a locked door leading into a tunnel. Jake goes inside and enters a room with a red dragon inside, and Will goes in after him. Will does not freak out like Jake did, and the red dragon assures them that he will not harm them. In fact, the dragon leads our heroes into an elevator. Unfortunately Jake elects to sabotage it, bringing trouble to everybody. Fortunately the trouble is not so serious after all, to the relief of the dragon, whose name is Irioth. Irioth leaves our heroes to explore the dragon city, and Will trusts the dragons while Jake remains pessimistic.
Another dragon named Lemmy arrives and sends our heroes into an ice cream parlor. Our heroes have no money, but they do not need it to get ice cream. Also, the other dragons are being kept away from our heroes to avoid panicking them. Oh, and the dragons are very old beings. Leaving the parlor, Jake notes the huge size of the city-obviously covering a bigger area than their property. Will notes that the dragon society has no poverty or hunger. They both find a hot dog stand and Will asks the proprietor how this society can possibly work. The proprietor talks about how dragon society used to work, and how it is very much different now. Jake becomes impressed by this wonderful dragon society, but they both realize they are entirely at the mercy of the dragons.
That's all so far, but I've seen more than enough.
Some of the initially badly drawn webcomics would improve visually later on, either with practice or else the webcomic author hiring someone else to do the artwork, but I don't think this will happen here.
This art isn't just badly done. It alternates between black and white and color, and characters are drawn very crudely and inconsistently with absolutely no sense of proportion or motion or proper positioning. As mentioned in the reviews of the other webcomics mentioned, visual art doesn't work if it is so badly done people don't like to look at it.
The story is about two people who buy an unwanted house with a huge lot, evidently to use as a home and as a remote workplace. All we learn about them is that Jake is supposed to be Irish, and what significance is that to the story is questionable, since he doesn't do anything even stereotypically "Irish" such as go boozing or fighting or dancing jigs, and we learn nothing about Will other than he is evidently the straight man counterpart to Jake. And what relationship do these two have to one another? Did they combine their funds and buy the house together or what? This scenario is not making much sense.
But it gets worse. The property is atop some easily accessed secret dragon world...and nobody seems to have discovered it before our two heroes did. Which might have been credible if the place were far away from civilization, but instead the property is within a city. Hokier and hokier. And on top of that, the dragon world is some sort of idealized community where you can get ice cream and hot dogs without spending money. Where do food and materials come from? For that matter, where does air and water come from? And some of the dragons wear human-style clothes. If they are isolated from Earth society, why would they mimic it-or for that matter speak English? Willing suspension of disbelief can only go so far.
One might claim that this is supposed to be satire..if it weren't for the minimal humor and lack of irony in the story. I'm convinced the author really wants this thing to be taken seriously.
This thing is so wretched it is difficult to imagine why the author is doing this in the first place. There is bad entertainment which can at least be laughed at (Dr. Demento's radio program for example), but this is just bad as in boring. If this author plans to be another Ed Wood, he's going to have to do better than this.
UPDATE: The author said that he complained to Tapatalk, and while the forum briefly went down, it's back up with no sign of going anywhere, nor is there any sign that the forum went down due to anything he did. What a pathetic blowhard!