Today we welcomed a new comic book to the world! It really was only a matter of time before the original cat with a bad attitude, Garfield, was paired up with the modern day grumpy cat, Grumpy Cat!
What I love most about this is that it is a reminder that there are comics out there for everyone. Not everything is a special event that you need to buy issues from multiple series to understand (I'm looking your way Secret Empire), or a bit more mature than we might want our kids reading (I'm looking at you Batman, currently in the midst of The War of Jokes and Riddles). No, this is perfect for kids and adults alike!
This kickoff issue starts with Garfield basically being the Garfield we all remember from the comics page in the paper. Odie wants to play, and Garfield responds with some borderline animal cruelty (well, maybe not borderline but it's OK when another animal does it right?) by throwing his stick into the back of a passing truck.
Meanwhile Grumpy Cat is being a bit grumpy and ignoring her brother Pokey who just wants to play a game.
The villain in this is an evil corporation who has developed a tool to make cats act more like dogs. And the CEO obviously only cares about how much money he's going to make. Typical corporate villainy.
The jokes throughout are pretty decent. For Garfield it's some stuff we've seen before. He wants to listen to what Jon says, but when a stranger is offering lasagna how can he resist?
Meanwhile, Grumpy Cat has that Debbie Downer vibe going. At one point Pokey is exciting to win sixty gazillion dollars, but she just responds that you'd have to pay 20 gazillion dollars in taxes anyway.
I enjoyed the art in this comic. There are almost three different styles going on. Garfield looks like your typical Sunday comic that we all grew up with. Grumpy Cat has her own slightly different art style, while the villain has a sort of manga/anime style.
Overall, this is a nice introduction to comic books for younger readers and those that might be intimidated by some of the crazier super hero things that you might see on the shelves. It's bright, fun and entertaining. Go check out your local comic book shop and grab a copy! If you need to find a comic shop near you, you can try http://www.comicshoplocator.com/