Saturday, October 13, 2007
Seven Reviews In Seven Days Review #6: Cartridge Comics...
I love pop culture. Games, movies, tv, comic books, cartoons, it's all like crack to me. But does that make us nerds? Hm. A question for another time. Cartridge Comics, created by Chris Jeffery and Lex, aims to debase my love of pop culture by showing us the other side of the lives of the characters we've all known and loved for years. Updates come every Monday.
Cartoon, comic, game and movie characters all have their own unique looks and styles, and these guys do a great job of recreating them. Cartman looks like Cartman, the dinos from The Land Before Time look like the dinos from The Land Before Time, etc. The bright and cheery art is drawn in a Saturday morning sugar rush style, and yes, I know that doesn't make any sense, but it's the way I felt about it. Let's just say it's clean, fun comic art. that belongs on a cereal box. They do debase the characters sometimes for our comedic benefit(don't even ASK what happens to the Keebler elves), but it's usually hilariously displayed. Great work.
The writing is mostly funny and the different characters all have their own little storylines, from Emo-Spider to the recently developed Evan and Milton dudes, who seem to be taking the center of the comic now. Early on there were no recurring characters except for Jerry, an English stoner, but now there are some and I think they were needed. The jokes work perfectly in tandem with the art, and dare I say it, a lot of them are things that I think we've all thought of from time to time. Who hasn't thought that Harrison Ford is getting a bit long in the tooth to be playing Indiana Jones AGAIN? Yes, a lot of the gags are obvious and poop-humor in nature, but that doesn't mean they aren't funny.
I enjoyed Cartridge Comics, what with me being into pretty much all the things they pick on. You can tell Chris and Lex have had plenty of time in front of the tv watching what they love and it shows. Covering all their bases from The Transformers to The Ninja Turtles, from Star Wars to Star Trek, this comic is recommended for anyone who considers themselves a geek, nerd, gamer, trekker,or just someone who likes a good funny comic. I did see some resemblance to Penny Arcade and Ctrl+Alt+Del, but it's more of a superficial resemblance and stands on it's own two legs. Read it!
I give Cartridge Comics...
(for making me laugh, great art and coloring, and overall enjoyment factor)