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Writer : Ryan North
Art : Mike Holmes
Publisher : Kaboom!
Finn and Jake start off on a contest to win a cupcake only to find themselves in a weirdly familiar place where they meet a weirdly familiar hero named “Adventure Tim”.
Ryan North is a funny guy, and he has really proven his worth on the Adventure Time comics. #5 is a good example of what he does best; the outlandish adventures and the meme-inspiring dialogue put this book ahead of its competitors.
North captures the spirit of the TV show beat for beat, no easy feat (rhymes, gotta love ‘em). His narrative may be filled with zany antics but in the end there is a message and a little joke at the end to leave the reader wanting more.
Mike Holmes heads up the creative team and I must say that he also brings the goods in the humor department.
Aside from the obvious lack of physics in the Adventure Time world, Holmes manages to sneak in several “meme faces” in Finn’s facial expressions which practically steal the show.
Adventure Time #5 is as fun on paper as it is on TV. #5 really lets Finn and Jake stretch their characters (no pun), especially when they meet their combined doppelganger, Adventure Tim, and then the hijinx ensue.
The back-up story “Emit Erutnevda” (eh, ehhh) by Paul Pope is a great tribute to the man who started it all, Pendleton Ward. The hidden in-jokes are everywhere and that was fun all by itself.
Kaboom! has really picked up a winning team with North and Holmes and they continue to impress me with the level of storytelling and their wry sense of humor. Good stuff.
8.2 out of 10
“Far Far Away”
Writer: Dan Parent
Art : Dan Parent/Rich Koslowski
Inks: Rich Koslowski
Publisher : Archie Comics
Archie and the gang take a stroll in the woods and transform Riverdale into a fairytale kingdom.
Dan Parent leads the charge on this storyline which shares that fairytale flair with the ABC Television hit fantasy drama, Once Upon A Time. His writing has brought the franchise into the modern age while keeping true to those favorite sons and daughters of Riverdale.
Archie is on a classic romp with Betty and Veronica still vying for his affection even in the midst of the fantastical medieval mixup. Teenage shenanigans ensue as Archie goes on a “kissing quest” to break the spell that has befallen he and his brethren.
Parent gives the gang plenty to do during the story and even manages to tie-in an exciting cliffhanger that is sure to have Archie fans reaching for the next one.
Rich Koslowski inks Parent’s pencils and heads up a decent creative team for #637. The art is as crisp and energetic as anything that has come out from Archie Comics, although I did wonder why Archie’s eyes kept changing color throughout the book (must be wizards).
The illustrations match the fun and frivolity of the storyline, never deviating from the winning formula.
Archie #637 is flat-out fun for the young and the young-at-heart.
#637 adds the neat fantasy element that lets fans see their favorite characters like never before (King Jughead is the best, finally his crown is appropriate).
Parent keeps finding new ways to pump energy into the franchise while being paired with solid talent like Koslowski who is equally committed to keeping these beloved characters alive for a new generation to discover.