REGULAR SHOW #2/ Written by KC GREEN/ Art by ALLISON STREJLAU, SINA GRACE, and SHAUN STEVEN STRUBLES/ Letters by STEVE WANDS/ Published by BOOM! STUDIOS
Review by PAUL GOMEZ
OOOOOHH! Mordecai and Rigby are back in the second issue of their new, monthly comic book series from Boom! Studios. Last month they were left to face a dark force awakened by Muscle Man’s unruly moshing. Enlisting the help of Benson, Pops, and Skips, our heroes must descend into the deep, dark mosh pit, now a literal pit of evil, to rescue Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost.
The first story feels like it was a lost episode of the show because it follows in the same vein as the series. Allison Strejlau’s art style is similar to Paula Spence’s art direction on the animated program, which is good because the show’s unique style is one of Regular Show’s strengths. While being similar, it’s also different because of the inking and coloring which gives this series its own look while being recognizable to fans of the show.
KC Green writes these characters well, making sure to use scenarios that work in the world of Regular Show. The bad guy, Rowdy, is hilarious, and the hijinks Mordecai and Rigby pull off are entertaining and true to the source material. Sina Grace’s illustrations along with Shaun Steven Struble’s coloring in the backup story creates a dreamlike quality. This is a welcomed change to the series’ normal art style as it differs from the show’s original art style.
Although there weren’t that many cons to this story, there are a few things that don’t work. Sometimes the art can look a little goofy, like Skip’s forehead in some panels, and at times the multi-paneled pages have a frantic structure that becomes hard to follow.
Hopefully, in the future the comic will dive into the more underdeveloped characters such as High-Five Ghost and Pops and flesh them out. This comic is an all-ages book so if parents want to pick up a comic for their child, this is perfect. Much like the television series, Regular Show can also be enjoyed by adults as it’s intended to be wacky and make people laugh due to its so-called “randomness.”
Fans of the beloved Cartoon Network series should pick up this kid-friendly comic, especially if they just can’t get enough of the fantastical adventures of Mordecai and Rigby. Regular Show #2 succeeds at following the similar structure and art style of the show while also feeling fresh and different. It’s a perfect blend for a licensed comic book.