Finished the review for you, Tranum. Added a little bit more to it and did the Art and Author Reviews.
Original Review Author: Tranum (First Half), Zero Kirby (Second Half, Refinements)
Webcomic Name: Sonic and Pals
Author: Trevor Fayas
Start Date: January 1, 2004
End Date: It… It doesn’t STOP!
Defining Flaw: Dull as sin.
Things that are fucking terrible about this webcomic: It’s boring, author inserts abound, steals jokes from everywhere and everyone, atrocious grammar, constant fourth wall breaking, constant sprite clashing, its existence in general.
Things that aren’t terrible but could use improvement: His grammar and spelling improved… after about a year. And even today, it still needs improvement.
Art: 1/5. I know it's a sprite comic, but you still have to put effort into. There is seriously not a single comic for nearly three years that doesn't have some level of horrible sprite clashing.
Storyline: 1/5. What isn’t incomprehensible is boring. Seriously, this shit's hard to follow, yet it still amounts to nothing. The status quo is set in fucking stone.
Characters: 1/5. The canonical characters have bizarre traits that aren’t part of their original characters, and half of the cast are complete morons. The rest are Mary-Sues. Their personalities don't evolve or change without being magically affected.
Miscellaneous: 5/5. One for being bland-as-shit. One for atrocious grammar. One for prayers trumping the actual comic. One for having gigantic fucking vote buttons above the comic on the Main Page (which is still halfway offscreen). And one just for this.
Overall: -5/5. Seriously, this review only scrapes the surface of how bad this really is. If you're going in for the long haul, bring a bottle of brain bleach… this thing gets unintentionally scary.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a popular franchise. As such, it has numerous fan works. Sometimes, these fan works take the form of sprite comics. Some of these are well written. Others… Not so much. Falling into the latter category is Sonic and Pals (or is it spelled "SonicandPals?" Seriously they spell it like that half the time), an atrocious piece of shit that tries way too goddamned hard to be funny. It’s bland, it’s poorly written, and it’s been going for way too damn long. What makes it worse is that it blatantly steals jokes from several sources, and sucks the humour out of them. This comic is like the spawn of a demonic cross between an alternate King Midas, who turns everything he touches into shit, and a blandness vampire.
Worse yet, it's a very Christian webcomic. Not that there's anything wrong with Christianity, but it seems that the prayers section of the site takes precedence over the actual comic, considering there's FOUR WHOLE BUTTONS DEDICATED TO IT AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. I don't think "repent for your sins" when I think Sonic the Hedgehog, I'll tell you that much.
The downfall of this comic was the very first day of its existence. Honestly, first comic and already he's off on the wrong foot. Mega Man X? In a Sonic comic? What!?
Story & Plot:
Oh, I’m sorry, did you just ask about the story? Well, trust me, you’re going to love this! THERE IS NO FUCKING STORY! Okay, fine, there is in fact a story, but… I… God, I can’t make sense of this shit. We start off with the author playing God. Two Megaman sprites pop out of nowhere, and instantly… Begin breaking the fourth wall. Some more shit happens (which is just the author messing around, like we really needed to see the testing strips), and finally, Zero and X are transformed into Knuckles and Sonic. Also, we see the author in all his glory, as Trevor Fayas is evidently Shadow the Hedgehog. Wait, what? Seriously, man? Is… Is that what you're going with? Your avatar is a highly recognisable character from the series you're ripping off tributing? You're not going to edit it or anything? Alright, if you say so.
Anyways, Knuckles swears revenge on the author, tricks Sonic into running off of a cliff, picks a fight with the author, wins, and suddenly Tails. Yeah, Tails apparently rescued Sonic or something. He's also from Sonic 2, whereas the rest of them are from Sonic Advance. But then he's from Sonic Advance as well. Yeah. Moving on. Some stuff happens, Knuckles likes pixie sticks, Amy is introduced working at a pixie stick restaurant (what), Amy is Sonic's cousin (WHAT), the author comes back, makes some "jokes" about his inability to work with sprites, blah blah blah Knuckles hates Power Rangers (which is forced so hard it hurts), and then finally we actually get to something that could be interesting (spoiler: it isn't). Wait, we're only on the thirteenth day of updates? Dear god, this shit JUST DOESN'T END! Honestly, some kind of pacing would have been nice. Oh, along with some backgrounds that don't rape my eyes, but whatever.
So, it does the whole video game bit, just like Bob and George, except shit. Anyways, I'll save the trouble of explaining everything that happens in this segment: Sonic's an idiot (like Mega Man from Bob and George), the Author's a jackass (no, seriously!), lame jokes are lame, Knuckles hunts down the Power Rangers (at least it's the Turbo Rangers, so we might excuse that), inexplicable Mary-Sue Tails rip-off ensues (named Selestial, based off a friend of his, I guess), Sonic turns into a cat, Fayas is a lazy bastard, and oh god how can there be so much nothing happening with so much going on? I can't get my mind around this! Anyways, the arc ends here. And guess what? NOTHING HAPPENS! Wait, it took four months to get absolutely nowhere? Goddamnit! There's literally NO character progression! Sonic doesn't learn how to not be an idiot, Tails and Amy are doing bugger-all, Knuckles and Mary-Tails are just… there! Oh, wait, Tails and Mary-Tails also know each other. Wow, didn't see that one coming. And guess what? They get together as a couple and "snuggle" way too damn often. Should I mention Tails' canonical age is 8?
God, this is taking a while. Anyways, more stuff happens, blah blah green Tails (WHO ONLY HAS ONE TAIL! OMFG ORIGINALITY! Please shoot me.), Green Tails and Knuckles fight, Green Tails almost wins but Mary-Tails saves the day. And thus begins the formula of the comic for damn near three years since; bad shit happens, they do stuff, but ultimately it's Mary-Tails that saves the day. You might think I'm joking, but I'm not. In Sonic 1, Sonic saves the day, and it pretty much takes all the way until the end of Sonic 3 (more than two years later) before he does anything without being told what to do, or just being outshined by Mary-Tails. Hell, this whole storyline with Green Tails and a horrible horrible joke character? He literally does nothing except clean up afterwards.
For a comic called Sonic and Pals, it really emphasizes the "Pals" more than it does the "Sonic" factor. Sonic, while he's a trademark idiot, still manages to be a backdrop, an unimportant character. A lot of the time we're just told he's doing something rather than seeing him do it. Whenever he is on screen, Knuckles or Shadow the Hedgeauthor are either picking on him or ordering him around like he's a five-year old.
Anyway, it does the usual Bob and George "play through the games" bit, naturally, but when it's not, we get some just plain damn strange stories. For example, in the middle of Sonic 2 (after this fantastic little meltdown), we have a non-sequitur following Green Tails and Knuckles going through Mega Man X of all things. I guess it makes sense considering Knuckles used to be Zero, or whatever, but it's literally out of nowhere. And then it's back to Sonic 2 once again and Mary-Tails gets to save the day again.
Then there's… this. Which I can't really explain very much. It was a fan submission. That's all I can tell you. Then they "parody" Hamlet. Then Terminator.
Then the author gets an entire storyline all to himself which introduces his at-the-time girlfriend, but wait, the Power Rangers are back and apparently they're evil so Knuckles and Green Tails go off to fight them.
Then this abomination.
The story's just all over the map with this thing. Honestly. And would you believe it gets even more convoluted from there? I'm not joking! You pretty much have to flow-chart this entire comic, get a giant cork-board and just post notes everywhere and draw arrows from here to there to everywhere just to know what the relationships are, and then you have to find out what they're bloody doing, but wait, none of that really matters, because every storyline literally just ends with no character evolution AT ALL.
…When I said that this is "a poorly done sprite comic", I meant it. I can see no way to redeem this piece of shit. The writing is… incompetent. It's made worse by shitty grammar and spelling. This bit does get better, but not much. At least Fayas stopped over-using punctuation for emphasis… After about half a year.
This is a humour comic. It has no humour. Seriously, take a look at any of the links to the comic in this review. Try and find the joke. For most of them, you can kind of see the punchline, but it's never funny. At all. Ever. Seriously, this guy just can't write a damn joke! Also, if the comic has Sonic in it, expect the joke to be about how much of an idiot he is.
Not to mention, a lot of the things he writes are just… way too damn weird for any and all explanation. Like the "parody" of Hamlet. Or making Knuckles emo. Or just… this.
He tries to use "LOL RANDUMS" for a lot of his humor, but a lot of people don't realize; random isn't the same as funny. Random is usually bizarre.
Oh, and he also turns the Spanish Inquisition into his own running gag. Stealing other people's jokes doesn't make your work funny, Fayas.
The characters are also poorly written. As already stated, Sonic's a certified retard and the Author's an asshole, but he's also a moron, but there's more still. Knuckles is paired with Amy, mainly because Amy used to be Roll, Mega Man X's cousin. Since Sonic used to be X, pairing Amy and Sonic, like any normal person would, would be incest, which would be plain damn… wrong. In every sense. So Knuckles and Amy are together. Except it's still stupid, because Amy is a selfish bitch who merely uses Knuckles for his credit cards which eventually results in Mary-Tails and Cream getting kidnapped by a loan shark of all things. So Knuckles is an idiot. But Amy learns nothing of the tragedy, so she's a moron too.
Tails is just an effin' pimp in this comic. I'm not even kidding. He gets not one, but TWO Mary-Tails for girlfriends, and aids Green Tails with "dating tips" that really sound creepy considering Tails' canonical age is eight. So while Tails keeps his pimp hand strong, Green Tails sets his eyes on Cream, and first evidence of this relationship, at the time of its original conception, would have really, REALLY sent you running for the Clorox again.
See, in the comic, Cream's 12, and Green Tails is 13. Well that's fine. BUT. The site had a bio page, and at the original time of publication, his age was listed as seventeen. They even reference this in the comic, they knew how wrong it was. They handwaved it away, but those stubbornly trying to latch on to official canon know that Cream's only six.
I'll let that sink in.
And for the first game, there are pretty much ZERO BOSS FIGHTS because Dr. Robotnik is a very sensitive person who overreacts to Sonic calling him "Ro-butt-nik." This is rectified in later games, but they're still not much better.
As previously stated, the characters don't evolve at all. They pretty much just get in relationships, but it happens in about a millisecond (which isn't realistic in the slightest). Status quo is important, but this comic enforces it like you've never seen. Breaking it literally compromises the comic's existence. But still, SOME character evolution would make sense here, ESPECIALLY after a few storylines.
For instance, there's one bit where the author is insulted by his characters and leaves. Through the power of plot-convenience, an apocalypse that only the author can solve is approaching so they have to go find the magical MacGuffin Stone to wish the author back to the comic. After Mary-Tails (of course) makes the wish, you'd think the characters would learn not to back-talk their creator, and the author would actually stop being such an asshole. But no, they both just go right at it. Then there's Amy, who is always draining Knuckles' bank account. And he never dumps the bitch. Even after her debt causes a loan shark to kidnap her friends, you'd think she would learn, or at least Knuckles would dump her, but no! THEY JUST GO RIGHT BACK AT IT. You would have to be a complete moron to think nothing is wrong there. That's not how people act! It's stupid! It's moronic!
Is this completely necessary? It's a lazy sprite comic. Now sprite comics can look nice, if the sprites blend together well. But here's the thing. Take a look at almost every strip, and there's BOUND to be sprite clashing. There WILL be sprite clashing. This comic cannot be WITHOUT SPRITE CLASHING. Seriously, even Bob and George did better with this, but then again, Bob and George kind of gave a damn about the way it looked half the time.
And sometimes he tries doing his own thing, with predictable results.
There is seriously nothing I can say about the art here, it honestly speaks for itself. And if you needed any other proof, he couldn't put characters underwater for the first two games, and spent no time learning how to until the third game. That should speak for itself.
Trevor Fayas is an interesting man. He's rather a lot like Harvey Dent, except he's not a badass in any way, shape, or form. "Now Zero Kirby," you ask, "how is he like Harvey Dent?" He's hiding something behind the safe, Christian (actually that's not saying much), kind face of his. Behind that nice exterior is a swindler and a rather unpleasant person.
Obviously his in-universe character is a complete asshole (though eventually his takes his own punishment from time to time, so maybe he's also a masochist), but in real-life, you might be surprised to learn that he actually got $6000 from his readers for a True-Love Fund. It was for his girlfriend Kristy, who he apparently met online and was from another country or something (you can already see where this is going), so after the $6000 is raised, in the name of true love, guess what?
They broke up.
$6000 of readers, wasted. Let me put that into perspective. That's six. Thousand. Dollars. For a guy who writes a webcomic. And then he just… proves that it wasn't "true love."
Another example; he was one of many who encouraged the protest of The Golden Compass movie. I even sent in an e-mail at the time explaining how harmless the books and movie are (and that it wasn't God who was the villain and it was the overzealous Church and a corrupt angel that was… OH WAIT DOES THAT SOUND FUCKING FAMILIAR?!) and he just shrugged it off.
And I don't even want to know what this was all about.
So basically, while he might seem like a nice guy, with his prayers and his keeping you in his wishes and stuff, you damn well better agree with his beliefs.
Oh good Lord. It's hard to believe something so drop-dead boring could be such a hit. The author is intolerant of opposing beliefs, he cannot write, he must resort to stealing jokes from much better writers, and he is so completely lazy. Do yourself a favor. Stay far away from Sonic and Pals.
The actual comic. Note how the style of the page doesn't match up to the content at all.
Its TV Tropes page.