Wonder Kittens

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Original review author: Long Tom
Webcomic name: Wonder Kittens
Author: Isabel Marks
Start Date: February 4, 2013
End Date: Ongoing
Genre: Furry, Gag-A-Day (just without gags) (and not actually every day)
Defining Flaw: The webcomic jumps sporadically between several sets of characters without even explaining who they're supposed to be, and not a single gag here is funny.

Rating Summary


Art Wiki.pngHalf.png

Slightly better than that of Namir Deiter, but I'm only giving this an extra half star because the author didn't improve it enough.

Storyline: Not applicable, as it is a series of gags.
Characters: Wiki.png

The site says "random characters", but the story jumps back and forth between several sets of roommates and one married couple.

Miscellaneous Details: Wiki.png

Despite the webcomic's name, all the characters are grown-ups. Which is just as well.

Overall: Wiki.png

Unappealing characters and unfunny jokes.



Background

We have already reviewed Namir Deiter, which its author concluded, and though she is doing several webcomics related to that scenario, they are too similar to Namir Deiter to warrant separate reviews. This one is simply meant to be a gag webcomic unrelated to the others.

Downfall

The webcomic always sucked.

Story and Plot

Not applicable, as this is a gag-a-day webcomic with no overall story line.

Art review

I shall begin this part by posting an excerpt from the "Art Review" section of Namir Deiter:

These are two different characters. One is a cat, the other is a rabbit.

The characters are animu style, badly done, and still is even after the same artist has done this comic for more than a decade. Proportions are bad and inconsistent, perspective is just as bad, and there are hardly any backgrounds other than copy pasted types. Even now, the author still cannot draw hands properly, and her characters are as stiff and inanimate as they had been at the beginning. On top of that, the characters have side mouths which hardly open, even when shouting.

End of excerpt


To be fair, Namir Deiter had started in 1999 and kept basically the same style until its cessation in 2015, while Wonder Kittens was begun in 2013. So how does the art compare?


I suppose when you think about it, why waste good art on bad jokes?


On the plus side, backgrounds are more integrated with the characters, color is more subtle, and proportions and perspective are better, plus the figures are less stiff and more flowing. Best of all, the spiky hands are gone and replaced with more realistic ones. But the side mouths and pentagonal face shapes are still there, and it is still difficult to determine species... unless this is supposed to be an all-feline world.

Writing review

Here is the first strip, which sets the tone for the rest of the webcomic, which consists mainly of unpleasant characters acting unpleasantly toward one another.

And if the jokes are not the putdown type, a lot of them are weird, or trite, or goofy, or completely random, or overdone, or simply make no sense at all. Holy One Frame Gags! Or Ballerina Mafia! Or Press Start To Play! Or...anyway, this one joins the dishonor roll of unfunny comedies.

Author biography

The author was originally named Isabel Gonzalez, but she has married Terrence Marks and she now signs her webcomics Isabel Marks.

Conclusion

Even though her presumably most famous webcomic Namir Deiter got reviewed here, I gave it two stars for an overall rating because it at least had some merit. But this one, which is supposed to be a gag-a-day webcomic, is shockingly bad, especially considering that author Isabel Marks is a long-established webcomics author. What prompted her to write this dreck anyway?

I did mention in the Namir Deiter review that Isabel Marks was no good at comedy, and she certainly proves it here. But the true shock is that this webcomic consists mainly of unpleasant characters and unpleasant putdown humor as described above. Note to Isabel Marks: stick to soap opera. You suck the big one when it comes to comedy.

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