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Continuing its trend of great all-ages adaptations of Cartoon Network programs, IDW Publishing releases Dexter’s Laboratory #1 this week! With the creative team of Derek Fridolfs, Ryan Jampole and Jeremy Colwell, this issue features a cover by Jampole depicting the classic Dexter’s Laboratory, as Dexter is frustrated while Dee Dee dances around a broken lab.
After the briefest of familial introductions, Dexter is in his laboratory, in traditional fashion, mixing chemicals when Dee Dee appears and ruins his experiment. Fed up, he creates a helmet to turn make believe into reality with the intent to make himself an only child.
Derek Fridolfs nails the voice of Dexter, with his drawn out syyyyllables, mimicking his unplaceable accent. The family members still retain their quirks: the parents are oblivious and Dee Dee is naive and innocent. He quickly captures the charm and wholesomeness of the television show, and I can’t wait for the reintroduction of Mandark.
Immediately after seeing Ryan Jampole’s art, I had to check if he worked on the TV show and IDW got him for the book, ala Andy Suriano and Samurai Jack, but seeing how he was 17 when the show stopped airing, the jury is still out. All the characters are spot on and the use of Dutch angles when Dexter is experimenting helps cast him in a playful, evil light. Jeremy Colwell’s colors round out the art, finishing the reader’s immersion back into the laboratory.
Dexter’s Laboratory hasn’t aired new episodes since 2003, but with this new series, it’s like it never went off the air. I’m hoping future issues will include Dial M For Monkey or The Justice Friends as backups. This strong debut shows a lot of promise!
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