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Review: Cyanide and Happiness.

Cyanide and Happiness, now this is a comic I have wanted to review for so long, but just kept putting it off because… Well, it’s a pointless review.  

This is a gag-a-day comedy webcomic that has no plot at all and features a few recurring styles of characters, but aside from that the art is usually always stick figureish as seen above. It’s mostly just shock humor or very raunchy jokes that involve things from suicide all the way to religious figures. Don’t get me wrong, there are some comics here that even I got a good chuckle out of, but overall it is just a few panels to get some cheap laughs. 

Now this kind of comedy isn’t necessarily bad, take Southpark for instance, that show is raunchy and grotesque to the highest caliber, but they make it work because in each episode there is usually an underlying joke that is perfectly pointed out or hinted at through the entire episode or episodes in some cases.Then again, Southpark as upwards of thirty minutes to set up their punchline whereas Cyanide and Happiness only has a few panels, but even then most times the jokes didn’t even make sense, it’s just the characters making fun of someone or something like in the strip above. Oh ha ha, the doctor is an asshole as well, is that really a joke? Is that really supposed to be found funny? Because it’s not! I know, it may get better right> Their humor may evolve, right? Not really, I mean they do try different jokes, but more often than not they have pointless comic strips. Such as the “Sitting in a Tree” song comic. It starts off innocent enough but just becomes a very dark and very depressing at the drop of a hat. 

Now, keep in mind, this is all just my honest opinion. You can like whatever you want, I can’t stop you, we all have free will, but this comic is one I just do not like, not matter how many updates I read I just can’t bring myself to enjoy it. I’m not the biggest fan of Southpark either, but I can at least appreciate it for its good points. For the life of me I can’t find any with this one. Maybe you guys can tell me what you like so much about it because I just keep raising an eyebrow and saying “How is this funny?” or “What’s the point?” 

In the end, I suppose this particular webcomic just isn’t for me, and not everything will be. Let me know if you like this comic and maybe give me some reasons why you like it so much.

And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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