Nieto looks at the new Monsters Inc book! Is it grim 'n' gritty enough for him?
Monsters Inc. #2
Written by Paul Benjamin
Drawn by Amy Mebberson
24pgs, FC, SRP: $2.99
Cover A, B: Amy Mebberson
Diamond Code: JUL090763
When Monsters, Inc. starts losing productivity, a new energy crisis could be in the offing for Monsteropolis! Mike and Sully soon discover that someone is scaring kids targeted for laugh energy…and frightened kids don’t have much to laugh about! If Mike and Sully can’t stop this menace, Monsters, Inc will be out of business!
I have to admit to never having read one of Boom's kids' books before I picked up this issue. It's not that I'm averse to lighter fare, rather than one tends to focus away from books like this as a matter of course, as if the concept of men in colourful tights bashing each other over the head with heavy objects for the fate of the world is in some way more intrinsically grown-up Odd really, because I've never seena Pixar movie I didn't love unreservedly.
Still, a proper review of this book is a difficult thing to pull off. The essential questions that need answering are these: does it work (even if one never saw the film from which it spins off), is it fun, and would one recommend it to a kid?
I won't keep you in suspense, dear reader. That would be cruel, and there is no room for cruelty when discussing Disney properties (escept for Marvel of course, but I digress). The answer to all of these questions is unreservedly, 'yes.' It help that this issue spotlights the film's main heroes (including Boo) and villain, but has enough un-heavy-handed exposition to catch the uninitiated up to speed fast. And the plot is fun and pitched at precisely the same breakneck speed at the movie's denoement.
Better still, Paul Benjamin has a good handle on the characters' voices, to the point where I could almost hear John Goodman and Billy Crystal as I read the dialogue. I can think of no better compliment to the writer of a licensed propertythan to say that the characters are evidently safe in his hands.
The art too is fine. While the preview pages should show off it's dynamism and sense of movement well enough, I direct anyone flipping through the actual book to a quite breathtaking full-page splash on page 16, and to a marvelously kinetic appearance by Waternoose a couple of pages previously. Amy Mebberson is evidently a name to watch.
So, questions answerd, book enjoyed immensely. I can't say that I'll be adding it to my pull just yet, but it made for a nice break from the grim -n- gritty capes and zombies, and I suspect that in a few months time I'll be investigating the trade from my son.
In other words, if you have kids, know someone with kids or are a big kid yourself then you should check this book out. You'll be glad you did.
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