Comic Review: Super Secret Crisis War #1 (IDW Publishing)

Published by IDW, June 2014
Story: Louise Simonson
Art: Derek Charm
Colors: Derek Charm
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Covers By: Derek Charm, Troy Little, and Katie Cook

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Synopsis: Oh boy when I heard this was coming out I told my daughter and she was like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter?  Even better Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and much much more!  Who’s Samurai Jack?  Oh okay, well that was one of daddy’s favorite cartoons back the golden age of Cartoon Network.  So who’s more excited for this, daddy or Natie?  I guess only time will tell and with this being a 6 issue miniseries with an additional 5 one-shots scheduled to be released this ginormous crossover IDW is pulling together is gonna be one heck of an event this summer.

So after reading I had to explain to my daughter that the bad guys were capturing all of the good guys to use them to take over the universe.  The story was a bit confusing as we literally jumped into this story without really knowing why we were here in the first place.  With each bad guy immediately came the pursuit and eventual capture of their adversary.  Then towards the end we get a stampede of sorts of what looks to be escaped Powerpuff Girl looking robots the Dynamo.  They go after a fifth set of characters that seem to get more play then the rest of what I thought were the main characters in this every expanding crossover.

So that being said this comic is all over the place causing a little confusion as to the purpose of this crossover event.  However that didn’t stop my daughter from wanting to read it, by herself I may add, a second time.  Sure she had questions but nothing to hard to explain.  As for me I sure hope this jumbled plot can pull itself together soon because we have 5 more issues for this event on top of 5 separate one-shot comics of new characters that’ll be thrown into the mix.  Overall I’ll stick to the main crossover for my daughter and skip the one-shots for now.

Related One-shots:

  1. Foster’s home for Imagination Friends
  2. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
  3. Johnny Bravo
  4. Codename: Kids Next Door
  5. Cow and Chicken

Panel/Layout: Derek Charm’s line art and colors work well for the story keeping the characters look and feel in line with their related shows.  Ed, Edd, and Eddy have the squiggly lines while Samurai Jack have those sharp pointy signature lines.  It will be interesting to see if Charm’s can keep his momentum while staying true to each character’s design as things intensify.

Verdict: Yeah I’m picking this up, duh! I already have issue #4 on advance order so I’m committed.  It will be a fun read for any kid regardless of the plot.  It may even introduce them to characters apart of the Cartoon Network they didn’t even know existed.  I gave it a 3.5 only because of the jumbled plot.  Moms and Dads, good luck!

Rating: 3.5/5

CBR News: Super Secret Crisis War
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