The last week of strips has been completely uninspiring to me. I'm not sure what it is -- we've been in Heavy Story-land for quite a while, and I have no way to express how much I don't care about Brent and Jade returning from Niagara Falls or the new panda coming to town (Pandora's Box - Part One).
My last couple of posts have been as uninspiring as they have been uninspired (as has been noted with frequency in the comments), and it's because I thought posting something was better than nothing. I'm not sure where I fall on that particular issue at the moment, but lately the strips have been SO uninspiring that I haven't even had the strength to put up an Open Thread post.
And then I realized. PVP is making me sad again.
Lately, after an initial burst of creativity upon acquiring the Cintiq, the art has become flatter and flatter, to the extent that in today's third panel Brent and the WWF agent seem to be occupying the same space (my actual first thought: why is Brent caressing him?). This is a disappointing departure from the week of Skull strips (the last one especially), which, in retrospect, may have been simply an homage to C&H, and not an indicator of art to come.
I think part of my returned disenchantment also comes from the fact that I'm bone tired of Brent. I grant that Brent is a very important character, but when was the last time Brent was not the center of attention, or at least right next to it?
This is off the top of my head, but the top of your head is where you remember things, and things not in the top of your head obviously haven't made much of an impression:
- Divorce story? Brent as shoulder-to-cry-on.
- Paintball story? Brent's nipple disaster.
- Introducing the Parents? Runup to the Wedding? The Wedding itself? Brent as maturing adult.
- Wedding/Skull Leaves story? Brent leaves childish things behind.
- Wedding/Virginity Lost story? Brent as disapproving father figure.
- Skull Takes on a New Client Story? Had to be introduced by two strips of Brent.
- Scratch Fury Freaks Out story? Waiting for Brent to return. No Brent to speak of. But no real point either.
I recognize other non-Brent-related things have happened, but they seem to have been the exception. PVP is becoming less of an ensemble piece and more Everybody Loves Brent.
And now, here we are, introducing what is sure to be the ultimate Brent As Panda-phobe story. How many jokes are there to be made about someone being afraid of pandas? I guess we're going to find out.
Either that or we're getting a lot of Hott Panda on Panda Action.