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What it Takes

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Genre: Mature
Date Added: 20 January 2010
Last Update: 22 May 2015
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Current Comic Ranking: 107/23733
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Status: Normal (?)

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Colbey is a martial artist who survives the end of the world. Armed with knowledge, experience and a machete, she is searching through what\'s left for a man named Peter Wolfe.

Current synopsis by: KEZ
Current image by: KEZ

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reallegitcrit 5/5
When someone posts a work of writing (like a review) on a forum such as the internet (such as the webcomic list) for all to see it will inevitably be subject to criticism. Whether or not you agree with my critique, it is reflective of my personal opinion regarding the review and therefore to attempt to disprove it is arbitrary.

... Just saying.

Honestly, no. I wanted to review the webcomic. Then I saw you review and read it to see if my work was already done for me. Clearly, it wasn\'t. It didn\'t hurt to address glaring errors posted by someone else. In fact, it helped.

Hold yourself to your own standards please.
LegitCrit 2/5
I must first start by saying that I consider the second review of this comic to be something of a personal affront. With mentions of my apparent lack of common sense, or an inability to scrutinize you seem more interested in refuting my critique than reviewing the comic.

When someone posts a work of art on a forum such as the internet for all to see it will inevitably be subject to criticism. Whether or not you agree with my critique, it is reflective of my personal opinion regarding the comic and therefore to attempt to disprove it is arbitrary.

reallegitcrit 5/5
What kind of webcomic is What It Takes?

It\'s a bloody awesome webcomic.

Bad puns aside, it\'s a great way to spend spare time.

What It Takes is a survival horror webcomic, minus the zombies, vampires, mutants, and other retread popular things.

Is it any good? Other reviews wouldn\'t say so, but if you really examine it for a moment one would also see that other reviews haven\'t even looked that closely or used common sense.

I think it\'s quite good for several reasons.

1) Details galore. Sometimes these are the little things. Such as bandaids on toes of martial arts students. If you spend your time kicking, you\'re gonna break toes.

Sometimes these are little but not little. Like Colbey\'s hair. While other reviewers would complain that the short hair is boyish and somehow sexist, it doesn\'t take a genius to see more. In flashbacks, Colbey has long long hair in a pony tail. Now in the present she has cut it short. This shows the creator\'s understanding of situations. Colbey has clearly made the decision to cut it short because kept long it would have been a liability on many fronts. Grooming, cleaning, ticks, people can grab, etc.

2) The story moves along fairly quick too. One should keep in mind that as of this posting only 65 posts of generally 1 to 4 panels have been made.

But despite this extremely short time, we\'ve already had a close look into the main character\'s motives, skills, and goals. Other reviewers say we are just led to believe there\'s no reason given as to why she is looking for her male friend, but I\'m pretty sure the Engagement Ring she wears at her neck and clutches so dearly is a giant clue.

We also have questions unanswered. Which is the way stories work. You raise questions, and leave them unanswered. What happened to male dude? What and where is A City in a Place? How did they get working tech? What happened to the world at large? These are all intriguing questions that keep you interested.

This isn\'t to say the webcomic is perfect, or the art is perfect. If I had a major critique it would be that the artist needs to work on vehicles some. This is probably the aspect they have drawn the least and it can show at times. But it\'s also something that can be fixed, and won\'t even be a major point. Post apocalypse, mostly set in the woods means not much in the way of vehicles.

Facial expressions can sometimes use a little work. But again, this is minor and has already seen vast improvement from page 1 versus the art as it stands today.

The only other cons might be that this is not a webcomic for the squeemish. People are killed, graphically, there is cussing, graphically, and the world is not a pretty place... graphically. (Couldn\'t resist). The creator is upfront about that fact, and it\'s all fitting to the story itself.

I\'m not sure what the sexist comments are about on the other review. A female character has been killed, and all the men were just outclassed. And even then they almost got the drop on Colbey one time. If a man had managed to kill all these people no one would have thought twice about it. Maybe the REAL sexism is in having a problem with a female being able to do it.

It makes sense though. Colbey has already been portrayed as being extensively trained in martial art and survival skills, while the people she has killed have probably not been. They probably just had a gun and thought that\'d be enough. And Colbey is the \'hero\' of the comic. It\'s not much of a story if she gets killed on page two. The end.

What It Takes is definitely worth a read, and I can\'t wait to see where it goes. It has the right blend of humor, action, and unanswered questions to keep you interested without getting boring. Just keep in mind that it is bloody and there\'s lots of swearing and you can\'t go wrong.
LegitCrit 2/5
“What it Takes” to review this comic

“What it Takes” tries hard to be a “grown up” comic and is filled to the brim with violence and \"biting ironic humor\", and swear words. For all its grittiness is worth however, it still might not have “what it takes” to keep you interested. The story is centered on Colbey, a brooding sociopath who has adopted a kill or be killed mentality in order to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. It is unexplained what has plunged the Earth into the post-apocalyptic state featured in “What it Takes”, but needless to say it is an exciting and original setting (sarcasm).
In an attempt to create some semblance of a story, Colbey is given the single-minded objective of finding her missing male companion, John. Similar to pretty much everything else in the comic, Colbey’s reasons for finding John (to make him a sandwich?) are never given so it seems more like she’s just meandering around waiting to bump into a plot. While the comic eventually introduces some slightly more interesting minor characters for Colbey to interact with, the comic stays true to itself and they are either killed immediately, or probably will be later.
In the earliest strips, the art has a rather old time feel to it, resembling in some ways the classic Steamboat Willie cartoons. When the nostalgic art is coupled with Colbey saying the mildly unfunny line “My life sucks” in the second strip, an otherwise unassuming reader might mistake the premise for something more tolerable. Unfortunately, whatever charm the art may possess is quickly distorted by repeated graphic depictions of savage murders committed by Colbey. In almost no time at all, the comic begins to resemble the grotesque dreamscape of a psychopathic man-child.
Another malignant element that plagues “What it Takes” is its sexist depiction of the male gender. This aspect of the comic is perhaps the most offensive, and it is evident that the author made no attempt to hide it. The comic, current as of this review, contains no female antagonists. The men Colbey kills only seem capable of peeing on trees and bumbling long enough for her to slit their throats. Additionally, the only “good” male character so far had to be saved by Colbey and is portrayed as being frail, effeminate (seriously, he has long hair, a flower on his computer, and a purse… okay maybe it’s a European carry-all, no wait, Colbey even calls it a purse) and generally incapable of taking care of himself.
The author claims that Colbey’s character was created to be a strong, smart, and clever female lead (because there are no other heroines that satisfy this description). The ironic part about Colbey is that she is so starkly unfeminine that at first glance it would be easy to mistake her for a man. Colbey is grungy and frumpy, with a boyish haircut and an almost piggish looking nose (her clothes I can accept however because they are practical for the setting). It’s one thing to want Colbey to be a strong woman, but there are other ways to do this besides making her as masculine as possible.
My last point of contention with “What it Takes” is the amount of time wasted trying to inject humor in a situation that is anything but funny. Too many strips are wasted on Colbey making quips to squirrels at the expense of her situation that it disrupts the comic’s pacing and wastes time that could have been spent on something more relevant.
“What it Takes” is a comic that might appeal to serial killers, but for the rest of us looking for an interesting story and likeable characters it would be best to look elsewhere. Oh well, at least the art isn’t half bad.


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