Welcome to another Comic Book Wednesday (Well, Thursday, I am posting it late. Sorry about that.) This is a small, bi-weekly, feature I created to help share some comic love and say what I thought about the first issue of a series, why I bought it, and if I would continue it. Of course, since a single issue is, roughly, 30 pages these posts will be relatively small, but if a series can’t suck you in at the very beginning are they worth continuing?
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Title: Adventure Time: Candy Capers #1 (out of 6)
Writers: Ananth Panagariya & Yuko Ota
Artist & Colorer: Ian McGinty (artist) & Maarta Laiho (colorist)
Letters: Hannah Nance Partlow
Cover: Magnolia Porter (Cover B – the cover above and the one I have)
Editor & Assistant Editor: Shannon Watters (editor) & Whitney Leopard (assistant editor)
Designer: Stephanie Gonzaga
Publisher: Kaboom! (2013)
Adventure Time was created by Pendleton Ward.
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A SUGARY WHO-DONE-IT IN THE LAND OF ADVENTURE TIME! Something rotten is afoot in the Land of Ooo, and someone’s gotta sniff out what it is! When Finn and Jake are suddenly kidnapped, Princess Bubblegum deputizes two of her most trusted citizens…Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun?! The crime movie homages come hard and fast in the Candy Kingdom that never sleeps, written by acclaimed cartoonists Yuko Ono and Ananth Panagariya (JOHNNY WANDER)! Don’t miss the newest hardboiled addition to the ADVENTURE TIME comic book family! – (Kaboom Studios)
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Why I Bought It:
I really enjoy Adventure Time cartoon on Cartoon Network, so I thought I would try one of the comic adaptions and since this one just started, was a mini-series, and starred Peppermint Butler, I thought I would give it a try.
What I Thought:
When Jake and Finn go missing the Kingdom of Ooo is in trouble, but don’t you worry Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun are here to crack the case behind this mysterious disappearance and save the day! Reading this comic is a lot like watching the show (without the animation, of course) and I liked that about it. It stays true to the series and it’s source material. Candy Capers is actually reminiscent of the episode “BMO Noire,” in which BMO tries to find Finn’s missing sock through detective work – to some degree.
This issue, as I stated above, is what I have come to expect from Adventure Time. Humorous and out there. I find Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon to make a intriguing team: one is innocent and only wants to help, while the other is conniving and underhanded. I find this is a good time to mention that I have only seen most of season one in full and tons of episodes from other series (whatever I caught on Cartoon Network really), so I may have missed an episode where they had worked together, but I found this team dynamic to be a great collaboration so far.
The art is just like what you would find when watching the show and so is the coloring. However, in all honesty, I feel Adventure Time transfers better on screen than it does on paper. The animation just adds that extra something. I admit, this preference could just be because I am so used to watching the series. If you love the show I would recommend giving this comic a go. If you have tried the television series though and you disliked liked it, yet thought of giving the comic a try because it may carry a different feel – I would say avoid it. As I said before, this issue holds a very similar feel to that of it’s source material.
Would I Continue?:
I do plan to finish this mini-series, but I don’t know if I will buy anymore Adventure Time comics. As I said above, I prefer it animated, but it still holds the Adventure Time charm. I don’t know. It’s 50/50.