Thematically yes, the desert was more coherent and had the most fallout from previous buildups, but it was honestly way too strongly meta for me to take entirely seriously, and considering the comic that's saying something.>tedious (though plausible) stuff
That's honestly always been there, if only because subplots add minor conflicts and roadblocks. Artificially pads the story but hey, it's DnD random encounters. Plus there are some good bits, like the whole Therkla thing and Elan taking a poison-curing spell as a result is a nice bit.>Rich that has been known to make quite un-PC jokes (if you've just recently reread it like I have, you will likely confirm this) has begun to kinda force some political elements into his work (very visible with How the Paladin Got His Scar, but also the contrived giant gender-equality talk during the frost giant fight and so on).
I haven't read this Paladin story, but yes it's very clear he's had an alignment shift morally, which you could ascribe politically if you wanted to completely derail the thread you shithead
. Frankly, it's just another brand of jokes to me because the absurdity of discussing gender equality and shit during a fight is just as silly as arguing why your feats don't work the way you hoped.
Rich is actually remarkably good at making characters with genuine flaws and that hasn't stopped. The shift towards more political stances within the comic hasn't changed that. I enjoy the art improvement because he's managed to keep the same look and feel while adding depth and polish and not sacrificing anything to feel. >>61367758>Either do stick figures or develop an actual style, instead of half-assing it
By focusing on writing instead of art he's managed to make a more compelling story. Dialogue-heavy, yes, but it's a narrative. Different writers have different strengths. Rich's is character dynamics and longspanning threads weaving together.