PVP is one of those online strips I’ve been reading forever–five or six years now–and it’s become a regular, even automatic, part of my daily routine. (Actually, several parts, since the strip always takes hours to update.) I’ve never found it as good as Penny Arcade, or Qwantz, or Scary Go Round, or…actually, it seems that PVP is my least favorite of any of the webcomics I read regularly. It’s funny sometimes, but it’s almost never very funny, and sometimes it’s annoyingly dumb and derivative. Recently, in particular, the humor seems to have been founded on reusals of existing PVP jokes (the panda, Skull’s past) and beloved cultural icons (the Delorean, the General Lee). Currently, for example, it’s in the middle of a plot where Skull and Brent switch bodies…just like all those movies in the 80s! I know it’s free and all, but I question why I voluntarily expose myself to jokes that amount to, “Remember that?”
Normally force of habit would keep me going indefinitely, and that’s sort of what I’ve expected here. I certainly didn’t think I’d be writing a ridiculous blog entry about it. But now a recent strip has me ready to swear an oath on the subject, which is this: the next PVP that features a fart joke is the last PVP I ever read.