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Hungry for More - The Smörgåsbord Squad #1 Review

Written by Luke Anthony on Saturday, May 03 2014 and posted in Reviews

Hungry for More - The Smörgåsbord Squad #1 Review

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a bacon man with a bacon mustache!

Source: Not So Super

Genetically modified food has finally gone too far, and gained consciousness in the light-hearted, almost kid-friendly new series by Jacques Nyemb, Smörgåsbord Squad. The series is based in Hasenpfeffer, the happiest town in the world. Everything is just peachy in the town until a silent villainous group, the Hunger Pack steals all the food. The Smörgåsbord Squad, a team of food-costumed heroes leverages their roles, providing intel, demolitions, muscle, and a mastermind. Oh ya, and minions. Little mexican food themed minions, sure to be an endearing friend of the series.
Think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs meets The Lego Movie kept alive by the beating heart of a 90’s kid, and that’s what you’ll see in the slightly irreverent imagining of childhood satiations. The fourth wall is broken a few times here and there, so truly the best audience is for those who love to satisfy those inner child desires from time to time. If Nyemb wanted to go the route of more kid-focused, that’s the part I would take out, well, that and the hint at curse words. Because fuck cursing. That shit’s for losers.
There are two different artists in issue 1, something that may catch you off guard, except that there’s a break mid-issue. But what may seem odd, actually works, considering that the focus at the beginning is on the costumed foodies, and the second half is focused on the more private/professional lives of the people behind the likely inedible garb (Edit: I just learned that this is actually going to serve as a two-sided comic - like Trillium - where you can start on either side & not be confused). I have to say, I really love the bright, vibrant colors in the first half, illustrated by Justin Wood. 
The second half by Kayla Miller is more muted, being more representative of the normal lifestyles behind these vibrant characters.
Classic melodrama and sensational food-costumed characters is what keeps this comic flowing, but the subtle jokes and goofy personalities make it kick. You know what, this book is a turducken. It all makes sense now…
For all the non-cultured folks who don’t know true high-class cuisine, a turducken is a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside of a turkey. The subtle jokes are the chicken stuffed inside the duck. The food-costumed heroes are what breaks the mold, like duck, being that it’s something you don’t see every day. Then that duck is stuffed inside the great expectations we had in the 90’s for humor and imagination, which is the turkey.
Food analogy for food-costumed heroes? Self high five! If only I had a really bad pun as well, I could really lettuce get going. 
And now that the pun has killed the flow, let me say that the kid in me truly enjoyed this comic. If you’re still in touch with the kid in you, but have since left childhood, which is...most of you - Duh! Then this is for you. If you scoffed at people’s erroneous assumptions about the size, shape, color, or origin of Batman cosplays today on Free Comic Book Day, then you probably shouldn’t read it. This comic is for the goofs, not the psychoanalyzers of comic readership. And yes, you psychoanalyzer, that’s probably not a real word.
You can read the first few pages for free! As is true with his other comic, Not So Super, you could also send in a piece of fan art and get your copy for free. Currently Not So Super Comics is planning on running a Kickstarter to print several different series at the same time, that will be the time to invest in getting your own issue.

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