By: KC Green (Writer), Allison Strejlau (Artist), Lisa Moore (Colorist) with Brian Butler (Writer/Artist)
The Story: It seems like there are certain rules on how to establish a mosh pit, as not following them might have dire consequences…
The Review: I have a confession to make: I don’t watch The Regular Show at all. I don’t have cable or any channels in my home, as I have grown with the years a habit of just not watching it at all, so there are plenty of shows I’m missing out on. I have no idea what this show is about, who the characters are and what are the themes or the recurring jokes. Since I am a fan of the Adventure Time comics, one of the persons working at the LCS I usually go to told me I should try this, as the humor is pretty close in tone to this comic, as in it is a show that does have subtle adult humor. Trusting his judgment, I just bought the issue and went on to read it.
At first, it seemed like a standard comic, with anthropomorphic creatures working in what seems to be a park, as we are introduced to some of the characters, like Rigby the racoon and Mordecai the blue jay. Taking its time to set up the mood, we see that they are ‘’hard’’ at work while there is some kind of concert given in the park. With the tone of the music being quite calm, they are met by a green man with some kind of ghost hand as they claim that the show right there is absolutely boring. With the green man, named Muscle Man, deciding to liven things up by creating a mosh pit, our two heroes watch as they see him try to do so with so calm an audience.
So far, this seems like a soft and kind of wacky comic, yet when the mosh pit actually begins, things get quickly frantic, chaotic and downright psychedelic as the issue really starts to shine in the absurd department. You see, it turns out that when you create a mosh pit, it creates a rift between music genres that can feed dark energies to beasts hidden in some places, with one of them being the park in which the two main heroes are actually working. It is absurd, crazy, yet absolutely entertaining and innovative, making this comic a joy to read although there’s not necessarily much happening in it. It has energy, weird humor and a willingness to be bonkers all the while; making us unable to anticipate what will come next. That’s actually something that not many comics have successfully done and it is commendable here.
Of course, a lot of the successes in this issue can be connected directly to the art, which makes the book work in the first place. At first, everything seems to be rather cartoony and fitting to the theme of anthropomorphic animals and objects working in such an area, but then the mosh pit scene arrives. When it actually begins, the panel’s layouts and lines get frantic, the pages get chaotic and everything becomes submerged in some kind of weird energy, as if the dark force that is spoken near the end had taken possession of this comic. The details are more vivid and wild, creating a stark contrast with the beginning of the issue.
It also works doubly more so in the colorization, as even the colors are affected by this shift in storytelling method as various colors meshes together to create an alien and psychedelic force in the most pit scenes themselves, even surrounding the more normal scenes around them. It’s like a rainbow of chaos that tries to surround everything as soon as it is aware of its existence. In short words, it is awesome.
There is also a small backup story with an even more absurd story told in four pages, as they try to make sure Rigby becomes successful in his attempt at keeping a straight face after a particular thrilling ride in an amusement park. It is a quick and equally apocalyptic read that does tell an off-beat story well, albeit the art is more connected to this result than the actual story. Brian Butler here gives us a different vision of Mordecai and Rigby, in a way that seems even more cartoonish and unrealistic than they actually look in the main feature, which actually does work well in establishing the tone of the story. It is by no mean as fun as the mosh pit of doom, but it is still a welcome little addition to the whole issue.
The Conclusion: Having no knowledge prior of anything about this show, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the zaniness of this comic. It has originality, it can poke fun at weird concepts and the art really gets good when the most pit scene sets in. If the goal of this comic was to make me want to watch the show, all I can say is: mission accomplished.
Hugo Robberts Larivière