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    Review: Regular Show #1

    By | May 16th, 2013
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    Regular Show gets its own ongoing! Will Mordecai and Rigby continue to not really be for kids? Hit the jump to find out.

    Written by KC Green
    Illustrated by Allison Strejlau

    REGULAR SHOW…IT’S ANYTHING BUT! Cartoon Network’s powerhouse series now has its own comic book series! Hot on the heels of the smash hit adaptation, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! unveils the next all-ages comic phenomenon! Join Mordecai the Bluejay and Rigby the Raccoon, a couple of best bros in their twenties just tryin’ to chill for a bit, man.

    But when you’re livin’ in as crazy a world as they are, no day can be called…regular!

    Regular Show ongoing makes a lot of sense. It’s a popular show on Cartoon Network in the same vein and with a similar audience to Adventure Time, soit would only be a matter of time until it got the same treatment Pendleton Ward’s cartoon did. Which is good, because the first issue of “Regular Show” is very fun. KC Green writes the characters so well that it’s hard not to hear their voices saying the lines. In fact, KC Green writes this issue so well that it essentially becomes a lost episode of Regular Show which can come with some pros and cons.

    Many people love Regular Show, and there are plenty of reasons why: the situations are over-the-top, the characters are incredibly fun, and there’s a lot of heart in each episode. The only problem with the show is its repetition. If you have ever seen more than a few episodes of Regular Show, stop me if you’ve heard this one:

    • Mordecai and Rigby do not want to do the job Benson assigned them.
    • In order to procrastinate, the duo come up with a wacky solution to their problem.
    • Skips informs the boys that said wacky solution has dire and supernatural problems for the park.
    • The park is threatened by said supernatural threat.
    • The boys defeat the threat and are somehow not fired by Benson.

    That is a good ninety percent of  Regular Show episodes. This is also the same basic plot formula that is used in “Regular Show” #1. Is this a bad thing? Not entirely. The formula is pulled off skillfully enough that it’s not too noticeable. Mordecai and Rigby don’t want to do trash duty while an acoustic band is doing a concert at the camp. From there, they learn the dangers of instigating a mosh pit at a musical venue where mosh pits were never meant to be. In short, the plot is like a poor man’s “Phonogram.” The Regular Show formula is still prevalent and for those looking for something new with their Regular Show merchandise, it may be a bit of a let down. For those who just want “Regular Show: The Bonus Episodes,” however, it’s completely delightful.

    KC Green is a perfect fit for writing the characters of the park. At no time during the issues does the staff feel like they’re acting out of character. Unfortunately they all do feel a little shallow, though this flatness kind of helps serve the feel of the book. Macho Man in particular is incredibly flat in this (probably the only time he could ever be described flat) but he still remains one of the funniest characters of the past few years. The plot is similarly simple, albeit very funny. In fact, the main story itself ends on a cliffhanger which leads to the implication that the plot will go on for some time, something that has been done a little bit in the show, but could be done to much greater effect here.

    Allison Strejlau meanwhile, does a really great job on the art side of the issue. The style ends up being very similar to Regular Show’s, which definitely helps place the reader in the world of the story, but Strejlau also puts her own spin on the art to keep the issue from looking like just recycled Regular Show storyboards. The beginning of the issue, for all intents and purposes, is Regular Show with a few liberties taken to make it fit into a comic book (sound effects, intense panel outlines, etc.); later on though, when the mosh pit scenes occur, Strejlau sheds the JT Quintel aesthetic and goes for something more of her own as the action picks up and the panels lose their initial structure. Plus, some of the moshers end up looking pretty creepy themselves, which is always good for traumatizing the little kiddies who pick this comic up. The most interesting note about this art style is how the shift in aesthetic between the normal layout and the latter tripped-out mosh fest basically summarizes the show. Each episode starts out like a normal day for the staff, a regular one if you will, and then the day ends with a tripped out battle with a floating bearded head or the IRS.

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    Meanwhile on the back-up, Brian Butler does another nice job in delivering a quick in and out story. The premise itself is fun and doesn’t adhere to the normal Regular Show formula mentioned beforehand. The art style is very different from the “regular” aesthetic and almost feels a little disturbing, which fits the story and makes it a little more funnier, especially some of the nonsensical faces the gang makes during a rollercoaster ride. This back-up serves as a fun little showcase of a different creator’s interpretation of Regular Show and it’s a great idea to utilize for the book.

    In the end, the “Regular Show” comic is just that: a comic about Regular Show. If you’re not already a fan, it’s not likely to win you over; but if you are, it’s a silly comic with a funny characters, some great art, and a lot of heart. The biggest complaint would have to be the lack of Pops, the show’s resident gentleman, but other than that it’s a good title. The only other thing missing from this book?

    MY MOM!

    Final Verdict: 7.8 – Buy.

    James Johnston

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