Comics: The Show Must Go On
This week, I switch up the format a little, with three reviews and a preview. Hey, I've gotta keep you on your toes...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything - This is not the destruction you think it is. Take two of the stupidest mutant henchmen ever and have them time-travel. They break all the rules (don't talk to past versions of yourself, don't visit the Cretaceous period and muck about, and don't destroy anything) and try to destroy Krang's technology in his future dimension. Features adorable dinosaurs and quasi-chibi Krang.
Han Solo - The artwork is stunning, and the characters resemble their live action movie counterparts. The environment and background of the Star Wars universe seems to be consistent with the setting and previously established canon. As a Star Wars fan, I am pleased with the story so far. Han Solo gets roped back in to working with the Rebellion by way of Princess Leia, and what was originally a cut and dry mission goes awry (as they often do). Hilarity and action-packed space wackiness ensues.
Scooby Apocalypse - Do you remember the Scooby Doo cartoon, its laugh track and the variety and multitude of special guests? This comic rockets the gang into the future, giving them a fresh look at the characters that you knew and loved. The character designs are stunning, the environment is rich and while there have been cries of "don't ruin my childhood", it feels more like a semi-logical (I mean, there's a talking dog, folks) progression.
The romantic tension still exists between Fred and Daphne, Shaggy is still a big spacey goofball, and Velma is still the smartest of them all. Those dynamics haven't changed. Scooby looks a bit more like a greyhound, angular and leaner, Fred has a better style to his haircut, and the beginning premise is that Daphne has her own E-list TV show revolving around mysteries.
If you have been watching the newest version of The Muppets, you'll be able to draw the parallel between the classic and the modern TV versions between the two cultural phenomenons very easily.
Ghosts - This is a new tale from Raina Telgemeier, the author of Smile and Sisters, with a familiar audience makeup in mind (ages 8+). This is the story of Catrina, who has to move to a dreary part of California. The impact of having to move away from friends and loved ones is quite dramatic, but Ghosts manages to take two potentially heavy topics (her sister's fight with cystic fibrosis and moving) and lightens them to a slight shadow over the family's lives. I generally agree with the suggested ages of 8 - 12 years old, more for the subject matter rather than the usual offenders (language, sex, and violence). This is a very sweet story, with a solid storyteller behind it.
On sale September 13.