Comic Review: Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #2 (IDW Publishing)

The Care Bears are on a mission, to bring harmony and happiness to the Whiffles, who live in the Silver Lining. However, Bluster and his gang of n’er-do-wells want to […]

The Care Bears are on a mission, to bring harmony and happiness to the Whiffles, who live in the Silver Lining. However, Bluster and his gang of n’er-do-wells want to turn the Silver Lining into a theme park!

Yikes, things are tense for the Care Bears! Issue 2 of Unlock the Magic is written by Matthew Erman and Nadia Shammas, with art by Agnes Garbowska, with colour by Silvana Brys. There’s also a very nicely done variant cover, illustrated by Tony Fleecs.

The Care Bears have been around for decades. These bears, always thoughtful and ‘caring’ (obviously), demonstrate good thoughts and deeds toward others. They represent a wholesome, almost presciently intuitive approach to being a good member of society. And in today’s world, that’s a big plus!

In this issue, a lot of time is spent with each individual Bear being challenged by Bluster’s gang. Ideas of isolation, not having friends, and other fears are being exploited!

The story reads well but might need some explanation (found on the back cover of the issue) for first-time readers and very young people. The scenes are colourful, well-drawn and laid out. The colouring is heavy on child-friendly tones like the primary colours and some pastels. The spooky parts are well tamed, in order not to alarm the youngest audience.

IDW, Care Bears Unlock The Magic #2, $3.99 for 22 pages of content. Rated okay for everyone

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!!