Comic Review: Adventure Time 2017 SPOookTACULAR #1 (BOOM! Studios)

The Adventure Time 2017 SPOooKTACULAR (Boom Studios) hits all the right off-key notes. It’s as quietly unsettling and entertaining as the Adventure Time (Prime Time Emmy and Peabody award-winning) TV […]

The Adventure Time 2017 SPOooKTACULAR (Boom Studios) hits all the right off-key notes. It’s as quietly unsettling and entertaining as the Adventure Time (Prime Time Emmy and Peabody award-winning) TV show.

Peppermint Butler, that evil little candy character, reveals a bit more about himself in “I Hex Mondays”, by Adam Cesare and Christine Larsen.

Next, Finn and Jake in “War of the Magicians”, written by Grady Hendrix and illustrated by Slimm Fabert. This one deals with creepy clowns, kidnapping, time-space continuum, and other classic Adventure Time themes. The dialogue is fun, and the drawings imaginative.

“Gumball’s Masquerade” (Alyssa Wong and Heather Danforth) summons up Butterscotch Butler, Marshall Lee, and the etiquette involved in inviting an unwanted guest and then wishing you hadn’t.
Again, really good comic timing in the script, matched by witty and economic drawings.

The final story, “Candy In The House”, plays with a trope of scary movies; the haunted house as refuge from the elements. Doped up with drugged shoggoberry juice and tied up on a table, what will Peppermint Butler do? Writer Chris Lackey contributes dialogue that sounds just like an Adventure Time cartoon, and Kate Sherron’s art and coloring fits the bill nicely.

All in all, an appropriately Halloween-flavored treat. You get 42 pages of content for the not-so bargain-priced $7.99, (ouch).

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!