January 18, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Super Secret Crisis War! Vol. 1 by Lousie Simonson

Super Secret Crisis War! Volume 1 by Louise Simonson and Derek Charm
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars :star :star :star 1/2
Format: eARC via IDW |  Netgalley
Date Published: January 27th, 2015


The devious demon Aku has called together a League of Extraordinary Villains - composed of malevolent miscreants from different cartoon universes. When their evil robots show up in the world's of The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and (even) Ed, Edd and Eddy, it's up to all these fearless heroes to band together and put an end to the League's nefarious plot of interdimensional conquest!



My Review

What do you get when you take your favorite 90s Nickelodean cartoon characters and bring them all together for one epic show-down? 

No, it's not a Netflix sponsored movie (although, that would be damn great!)--it's the first volume in a graphic novel released by IDW collab w/Cartoon Network, of course. 

I immediately saw the cover and thought, I need to read this NOW." No hesitation, no questions asked. I'm a 90s Nick kid, and if you live in the US and watch Cartoon Network every night after 9pm, you know what I mean too. Our favorite shows that nursed and comforted us in the mornings and after school every day have revisited the screens across the country as part of CN's new '90s are back" thing. I didn't think it'd last as long as it did, but boy am I glad because I am ALL ABOARD THIS SHIP (and have been, for quite awhile). :O 


Characters

Heroes:

Samurai Jack
Powerpuff Girls
Ben Tennyson "Ben 10"
Dexter (Dexter's laboratory)
Ed, Ed, and Eddy (not 'heroes' per se..)

Villains: 

Aku  (Samurai Jack) 
Mandark (Dexter's laoratory)
Mojo Jojo (Powerpuff Girls) 
Ben Tennyson (Ben 10)
Evil Robots 

Basically, the story is a wild concoction cooked up to satisfy people like me who love these characters and don't care how much "sense" it makes to have them all together. The "villians" are all together and have some sort of plan to hold the "heroes" hostage and take their powers. Ed, Ed, and Eddy are just in there because of a fluke. Obviously, they get free pretty easily but their robot counterparts are created to learn from them as they fight and things escalate from there.

It's a short graphic novel. While at first I thought it was mostly written for a younger audience, I don't feel that way after reading it. It seemed more like twenty somethings would appreciate it more having seen the shows and followed the storylines. The characters are all explained, but not to the extent that you feel like it's made for people who have no idea who the Powerpuff Girls are, or Dexter from Dexter's Lab.

I felt like this graphic novel was such a good refresher! ^_^ It was a fun, light, and really funny to read. I laughed out loud a few times, and enjoyed the bright and colorful graphics that stayed true to each show.
I recommend it for people who like any of the shows listed above, are fans of Cartoon Network, or just love amalgam stories that don't necessarily follow logic.


-Diamond

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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

1 comment :

  1. Huh. This is a really neat concept and one any 90s kid would love. It's also a great way to introduce many favorite to the newer generation. Way cool!

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