Comic Review: Dexter’s Laboratory #1 (IDW Publishing)

Published by IDW Publishing, May 2014
Story: Derek Fridolfs
Art: Ryan Jampole
Colors:  Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Covers By: Ryan Jampole & Derek Charm

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Synopsis: I remember watching Cartoon Network during the heyday of Genndy Tartakovsky’s creation period.  Many a time was I sitting in front of the TV watching Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack.  I’m glad that IDW Publishing has brought back the boy genius so as to help me relive through the eyes of my daughter in comic book form. I’m also looking forward to the new crossover event bringing back many of the Cartoon Network characters in Super Secret Crisis War later this year, so check it out if you can.

In this new 4-part miniseries Dexter starts out talking about his next big idea, one that he has been developing now for over a year.  We see that his lab is in lockdown and various worker robots are keeping tabs on Dee Dee’s every move until she leaves for her dance recital.  However like all of Dexter’s inventions they usually meet their demise quickly at the hands of an unexpected appearance from his sister Dee Dee.  The cute interactions between the two stay true to the original cartoon leading us into the main storyline with Dexter’s new invention and a dream.  A dream of a life where Dee Dee can no longer interfere with his lab or his inventions. 

Panel/Layout: From the viewpoint of a child the comic has a very basic square box layout that makes it easy to follow.  However the downside to this comic comes when a rather wordy bubble appears in a small box.  This usually occurs when Dexter is off on a rant and usually his vocabulary consists of rather large words.  Besides that the artwork stays true to classic Dexter and Dee Dee cartoons of the past.

Verdict: I would recommend this book for kids with a word of caution.  If you plan on getting this for a young reader ages 6 to 8 years of age then you may need to help read along.  Dexter has a rather large vocabulary of lengthy sized words that he utilizes to explain various experiments and of course gloating over his many achievements.  I read along with my 6 year old daughter and she loved the story.  In fact she really enjoyed the brother and sister interacts since she herself has a younger brother. 

Rating: 4/5

Office Site: Dexter’s Laboratory
Reference Site: Talking About New Series
Reference: CBR

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