One Punch Reviews #58: Nerd Rage
Man, if nerds are known for one thing it’s … not … being … able … to shut … the hell … up. Seriously, man, check out some of the comments posted this AV Club review of the game Borderlands. You’d think that, by not liking a video game, someone just insulted their religion. I’m sure pretty much the rest of you can come up with your own examples… including, um, several reviews posted on this very site.
So it’s time to channel that apoplectic manchild within, because today we take a look at a comic about nerds, rage, and the consequences thereof. It’s Andy Kluthe’s webcomic, Nerd Rage, where nerds are more ragin’ than Cajuns.
It’s a gaming webcomic, so you know the drill. There’s a lot of parody material, like that old webcomic stand-by Mario (who at this point is probably more a webcomic character than a video game character) and Samus making wacky faces in a gag I don’t entirely get. Still, I like that rage face.
Most of the comic, though, stars two nerds: fat nerd and skinny nerd. I’m pretty sure they have names… the fat one refers to the skinny one as “dude” a lot … but given that the “Characters” link is inactive I’m not going to kill myself trying to find it. They could be named “Lethan” and “Ucas” for all I know. Fat nerd is the mellow voice of reason. Skinny nerd, on the other hand, is just so very mad.
How mad? Well, we open the comic with him ranting about how the new Alien movie is going to be a prequel! Oh, the indignity! Fat nerd tries to calm him down, reminding him that the last two Alien films were pretty terrible. Skinny nerd says anything after 1991 is dead to him. “So you haven’t ween Alien vs. Predator?” fat nerd asks.
After a few beats, skinny nerd replies, “I mistook it for a new series about Chris Hansen catching illegal immigrants.” Oh! Shut the front door! ‘Cuz Jay leno’s all up in this piece! He then goes on to complain how the Alien prequel is going to have Jake Lloyd and Jar Jar Binks in ’em, because… prequels. Amirite?
So strip after strip is basically Angry, Skinny Nerd getting angry over something, as nerds are prone to do. In one arc, Skinny Nerd gets angry about girls in the comic store. Why? Because they are total posers. And then gets angry that the one who isn’t a poser reads Deadpool.
I’m going to give Mr. Kluthe some credit here and say that he doesn’t necessarily share the views of Skinny Nerd, who’s more a parody of unpleasant, argumentative dweebs than anything. You know, the kind who are more bark than bite, and who’d be a lot happier if he’d just let things go once in a while.
The thing that saves Skinny Nerd from becoming another Rayne Summers is that his rage-filled pop-culture obsession generally does make his life seem pretty miserable and pathetic. I liked a recent Valentine’s Day theme strip where our Skinny Nerd is so hung up on Harvest Moon that he tries to win the heart of a girl by bringing her fruit. I admit, I smiled. Quite a few of the gags in Nerd Rage are actually rather funny.
Still, you do have to read through many strips with an indignant, self-righteous nerd. Even if he’s intentionally played for laughs, having to sit through strip after strip of a guy who hates everything can get pretty old.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to respond to a totally wrong post from a Tom Paris/B’Leanna Torres shipper. Paris/Kes forever, GOD DAMN IT!
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5).