Tuesday, June 19, 2018 • Evening Edition • "Shit happens here."

The Boy Genius Returns: Dexter's Laboratory #1!

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, May 01 2014 and posted in Reviews

The Boy Genius Returns: Dexter's Laboratory #1!

The Dreamwish-O-Tron 5000!

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!


Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

Comment without an Outhouse Account using Facebook

We get it. You don't feel like signing up for an Outhouse account, even though it's FREE and EASY! That's okay. You can comment with your Facebook account below and we'll take care of adding it to the stream above. But you really should consider getting a full Outhouse account, which will allow you to quote posts, choose an avatar and sig, and comment on our forums too. If that sounds good to you, sign up for an Outhouse account by clicking here.

Note: while you are welcome to speak your mind freely on any topic, we do ask that you keep discussion civil between each other. Nasty personal attacks against other commenters is strongly discouraged. Thanks!
Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

About the Author - Tim Midura

Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

More articles from Tim Midura
The Outhouse is not responsible for any butthurt incurred by reading this website. All original content copyright the author. Banner by Ali Jaffery - he's available for commission!