Since this is a book featuring three different tales with a creative team for each of them, this review will be a bit different as each of these stories shall be analyzed individually. A grade will be assigned to each of them and a final grade will be given based on the whole issue as a consensus will be met. With that said, let’s begin.
Sombrero World: Zack Smith (Writer), Brad McGinty (Artist)
As this story begins, the formula of the show can actually be seen, which shows the readers that Mordecai and Rigby needs to do a simple job, yet as usual, chaotic shenanigans involving the strange world they live in makes their task much harder than it has to be. Right there, Zack Smith understand the dynamics between the two protagonist as he advance the plot fairly well in the few pages he gets while giving the readers the kind of insanity that is expected from the show, with the threat this time being a huge Mexican restaurant that is also a robot that tries to trap tourists using its robot legs and arms. The art itself is also very energetic and highly expressive, yet in a very cartoonish way, which suits the story very well. The colors are also quite bombastic, which does accentuate the madness of the tale as there is a very high amount of warm colors with a low usage of cold ones. Overall, a very nice effort that is very faithful to the show. B+
Arm Skills : Kevin Church (Writer), Brooke Allen (Artist), Whitney Cogar (Colorist)
This is another strong outing, as the story revolve round Mordecai and Rigby entering an arm-wrestling tournament in order to win cash as they face off against a cast of colorful characters, including truckers, robots and costumed wrestlers. Like the previous story, the writer knows what the shows permit, as he use the setting to indulge in the weird, yet very wild story that becomes quickly unpredictable in a very fun way. He uses the cast well, with Skips being the regular knows-it-all guy that always help the protagonists out. The art is a bit sketchy when it comes to characters in some of the pages, yet Brooke Allen still manage to ramp up the insanity in some of the key panels as the action get more intense and the stakes even crazier. His panels are busy, yet never in a way that gets in the readers enjoyment. The color is also quite nice, as they are diverse and bright, bringing in the various elements quite well despite the growing chaos. This is another good entry when it comes down to it. B
Hot Tub: Brandon Snider (Writer), JJ Harrison (Artist)
This story, though, isn’t nearly as strong, which is a result of the fact that it did not exactly receive the same number of pages that the other two received. Despite that, it is unfortunately quite weak as it doesn’t show a very large amount of creative insanity nor does it commit to the fact that it can. The idea that Mordecai and Rigby gets sucked into a hot tub that connects to another dimension is sound, yet the idea never really develops into something interesting or even entertaining as the conflict gets resolved too quickly and too easily for them. Some of the jokes are funny, yet it mostly comes down to the same thing in the end. The art doesn’t really help either as it is cold and very down-to-earth as the characters and various elements seem quite static. The characters look okay, yet they aren’t particularly energetic or moving in ways that feel convincing, exciting or just crazy. The colors aren’t doing much better, as they aren’t really bringing anything to the art in general. They are competent, yet they don’t elevate the experience at all. Not all stories can be great, but this one was rather disappointing. C-
The Conclusion: With two of its three stories being really entertaining and energetic, this issue still manage to bring the fun for fans of the shows and those who are curious about it. It’s certainly worth a try just for the sheer insanity in display here.
-Hugo Robberts Larivière