This blog is dedicated to Rich Burlew's epic fantasy webcomic; The Order of the Stick. Here you will find everything you will never need about greedy rogues, grumpy dwarves, snarky fighters, psychopathic halflings, ditzy bards and androgynous elves; from Dorukan's dungeon to the Windy Canyon; from Team Evil to the Linear guild; if it's Ootsverse, it's here.
alfusfikus: Hey, I just wanted to ask whether or not do you like the new appearance of the characters? I just noticed that they finally have arms and lefs and Greenhilt has some additions to his armor. Did you like it? Is it good to evolve or did you like the old style more? :)
Personally, I love the art evolution. When the first page of the new book was uploaded, I figured it would take me a while to get used to it, but I’ve pretty much gotten used to it already and now I’m just reaaaally enjoying the aesthetic.
I feel like it’s a natural progression of the art - it looks different from before, but not jarringly different. It still feels like OOTS.
Normally I try to grab a funny panel when I post OotS updates, but this strip wasn’t really all that funny. It was talking heads pushing plot forward, followed by talking heads notifying us of character development. Which isn’t necessarily bad: it’s fast, the characters still manage to be true to themselves, it’s still light-hearted and fun to read.
I think this is the first time I noticed that the Giant is working from a new computer. Or at least, I think I can tell. Please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed the font seems different.
I grabbed this particular panel because Julio calls Tarquin a “B-list villain.” Elan and the rest of the Order never calls Tarquin a B-list villain, but that is still exactly what he is to them. Xykon is the A-lister, as the tiff with Vaarsuvius and O-Chul reminded us. Tarquin’s characterization firmly establishes that he thinks of himself as an A-lister. Certainly he has the empire for it. Certainly he has the coolness and the cleverness for it.
What does this say for Tarquin overall? What does this say for the world overall? Here is this empire, run by a tyrannical Man-behind-the-Dragon, begging to be overthrown. And overthrown he has been, yet he always manages to rise up. But he’s a B-lister. He has always been the B-lister. Who are the other A-listers to be overthrown by parties as powerful as the Order?
When it comes to characters I have a type and my type is pissy arrogant elves with failed marriages who take the self-destructive train to crazytown and think it’s an a++ flawless idea to try to take the dark lord down all by themselves (committing genocide along the way) and wind up getting smashed into a paste as a result.
At least V got some character development for their troubles.