8-Bit Theatre has come to an end; not with a bang, or a whimper, but instead with a shift in art and an ending that is both pointless and yet manages to wrap things up at the same time. In doing so, 8BT manages to stay true to the mediocrity that became 8BT’s venue for the last several years; from what I understand, webcomic creator Brian Clevinger has long been mystified as to why 8BT was popular to begin with. I almost wonder if the comic degenerated into its current form as some twisted experiment by Clevinger to see how long before his readers left out of boredom.
The thing is, there were still gems of awesomeness visible in 8BT from time to time, such as the big bad planning on creating a cakelogical singularity out of the universe (which Black Mage actually came up with when considering how the big bad might bring about the end of the universe). But much like a mine that is being played out, these gems grew rarer and rarer as the comic continued. Near the end, the only reason I continued to read was because of all the effort I’d already put into it. And of course, I hoped to find just one last nugget of goodness to remind me of what had attracted me to 8BT to begin with.
Naturally, the climactic conclusion of 8-Bit Theatre pulled a massive twist. Don’t expect any grandiose battles between the forces of not-quite-good and of utter-evil. It is here where the comic fizzles, with luck and deus ex machinas allowing the so-called heroes to survive. And while the epilogue comic (with actual drawn art rather than the cut-and-paste pixel characters that were used for the rest of the series) does give us a “where are they now?” wrap-up, it fails to provide any last gems of greatness with its closure.