was a truly brilliant comic in which the flaws present only served
to highlight the sheer brilliance of the whole. In choosing to work
with a cleaner, more polished style for Men in Hats, I fear Farber
may have consigned it to be forever in the shadow of its mighty predecessor.
It is quite possible that like so many before him Farber is seeking
perfection. However, with his intelligence and insight present in
each comic a stable art style is not needed. In fact in his case I
believe it detracts from the comics quality, especially since
the gritty unstable style of Pentasmal suits such comedy well. This
of course is a property that seems to be unique to Aaron Farber. I
would say this of no other webcomic creator I know of, except those
who use such style on purpose.
are regular, but with a few periods of inactivity that seem to be
caused by Farbers ongoing education for the most part.
very funny at times, Men in Hats is less cutting than Pentasmal. Still,
I certainly rate it highly, but Men in Hats lacks that special something
that made Pentasmal so great.