by KC Green, Rachel Conner (Writers), Allison Strejlau, Josceline Fenton (Artists), Lisa Moore (Colorist)
The Story: Mordecai gets a rather embarrassing haircut. In the backup, Rigby fears about something involving his brother and Eileen.
The Review: People who watches The Regular Show on television on a regular or semi-regular basis must know by now the formula behind the series. The formula is rather simple, as Mordecai and Rigby needs to perform a basic task or accomplish a rather easy goal, only for surreal stuff to happen and make their job much more difficult than it has to be. Most episodes seems to follow this sequence to show the crazier side of the series, as both protagonists, along with their fellow workers, had to beat Death in a hot-dog eating contest, battle a demon that escaped through an arcade cabin and so on. It’s rather silly, yet its surreal fun and it delivers on most fronts.
However, the main story from this issue seems to understand the basic premise behind the show, yet fail to delivers as this issue is mostly setup without much of what makes the show entertaining to begin with. All the actions that leads to the generally insane action is presented in this issue, yet stops exactly when it could get much more interesting conceptually. It all ends up being more of a tease, which is disappointing to say the least.
What makes it doubly so is that KC Green do seems to get how to portray these characters, like the rivalry with Muscle Man, how Mordecai and Rigby interacts with each other, the optimism of Pops and so on. It seems that most of the elements are there to make this story succeeds, except for the climax.
The art of Allison Strejlau, all the while, doesn’t really help yet does not hinder the issue. The expressions are competent enough as well as the designs of the characters, yet the visual flow is kind of broken. The panel flow is simply too fast at times, with some of the action being either overlooked or simply too slow, making it uneven at best. The colors of Lisa Moore are acceptable as well, with the backgrounds helping set the tone of a good deal of visuals in some panels. Like Strejlau, Moore seems to respect the overall design of the series, but doesn’t go really far into impressive or distinctive territory.
Speaking of not going anywhere impressive, there is also a backup in this issue, written by Rachel Conner. This story is unfortunately one that many people who have watched but a tiny bit of television, be it cartoons, sitcoms or anything dealing with a group of people will see coming miles ahead. While a lack of originality can be dealt with in how you present things along with one or two elements to set this version of the story apart, this backup doesn’t do much to be original.
To be fair, the story does flow without much problems, getting from start to finish without any fuss whatsoever. The dialogue in itself is fairly respectful to the show and Conner does use some of the less covered characters in the show fairly well. It’s just a shame that the plot in itself is so bland and uninspired.
The art and colorization of Josceline Fenton is actually quite good, however, as the lines are rather clean, the designs respected and the panel flow is much better than the main story. The expressions are decent and the general tone of the art is much more akin to the source material, which is a definite bonus. The colors, all the while, are diversified enough to provide enhancements to the visuals of each panels. The color choice, however, isn’t that great however, with not much in term of contrast or experimentation. It’s decent, though, which is a lot better than being bland.
The Conclusion: With both stories having some major problems along with a case of unconvincing art in the main story, this issue of Regular Show doesn’t show any of the strengths and fun of the original television show. Let’s hope the next one can rectify this.*
-Hugo Robberts Larivière
*I won’t really find out, though, as due to a good reevaluation of my pull list, this title has been dropped. While issues like this one makes it easier for me to do so, it is still a title that has brought some entertainment. Still, this title won’t be covered by me anymore.