I’m sure I’m not the only one who immediately purchases any new comic book with Roger Langridge listed as one of the creative team, as is the case with “Rocky and Bullwinkle” #1. Joined by writer Mark Evanier, Langridge brings everyone’s favorite moose and squirrel team to comics and even packs in an exceptional amount of the supporting cast from the fan-favorite cartoon.
Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale and Captain Peter Peachfuzz all make appearances, while Dudley Do-Right provides entertainment in the comic book equivalent of an intermission. Do-Right is joined by Nell and Snidely Whiplash, rounding out the cast of characters in “Rocky and Bullwinkle” #1 to make this a paper version of the classic cartoon. The intermission even has a lead-in bumper that provides two possible titles for the continuation of the lead-in adventure, just as the cartoon always did.
Puns and word play pepper the issue. Some of those are groaners, some are chuckle worthy, but all of the humor in this comic is clean and family friendly. “Rocky and Bullwinkle” #1 might frighten off some readers with its $3.99 cover price, but dedicated fans of this delightful duo are sure to be pleased with what Langridge and Evanier deliver. Younger readers familiar with Rocky and Bullwinkle will find a comic book that is fun and wonderfully self-contained.
Langridge’s artwork isn’t slick or overly polished. It is just straightforward comic book art. Langridge has a nice range of most of the characters in the pantheon, save for one: Bullwinkle. The moose is not the easiest character to manipulate and keep simple, given the nature of antlers and perspective, but Langridge doesn’t let that hamstring him. He injects expression through Bullwinkle’s body language, frequently giving the leading moose hand gestures to confer emotion and intent. The rest of the cast of “Rocky and Bullwinkle” #1 have a fun range of expression and emotion. Jeremy Colwell’s coloring is spot-on and inline with the cartoon series, helping these characters translate nicely from cartoon to comic. Langridge pulls double duty in this issue, providing the letters as well
“Rocky and Bullwinkle” #1 is exactly what readers should expect from a title with these characters and this set of creators: good, clean fun with a heaping helping of nostalgia. Evanier and Langridge don’t hesitate to update the cast and their repertoire, but never at the sake of letting the lightheartedness drive this story where good prevails and has fun doing it.