I’m glad to see that Boom! Studios has upgraded “The Incredibles” to an ongoing series. The idea seems like a no-brainer, and fortunately the market seems to have agreed in terms of sales of the initial mini-series. After all, if there’s one Disney/Pixar property that should do well in comic book stores, it’s the one with the superheroes in it.
“The Incredibles” #1, that said, is a bit of a mixed bag. Where Mark Waid and Landry Walker shine here is in nailing the voices of the characters. All of them come across like they did in the movies; Bob and Helen have disagreements like all long-term relationships have inside of them, Dash is ramped up beyond full speed, and I can practically hear Sarah Vowell delivering Violet’s lines in the comic. Violet in particular works well here, perhaps because Waid and Landry make her role in fighting super-villains not only logical, but feel like it’s been something that we’ve read about for years now. Her emotions of frustration, fear, and self-blame at various points in “The Incredibles” #1 all snap into place perfectly, and I’d love to see a spotlight issue on Violet before too long.
That said, “The Incredibles” #1 seems to sometimes be missing an extra logic step here and there. I read the first two pages half a dozen times and I’m still not entirely sure why the family is going to the mall in order to then go to the doctor’s office (which isn’t at the mall). Likewise, the scene at the end with the Incredibles versus the military doesn’t seem to entirely fit. The conflict between the two groups seems like an artificial way to stall the story into a second issue, when there are just as many ways to have done so without taking that route.
Ramanda Kamarga certainly does a good job of making the characters look just like their screen counterparts. There are some great moments along the way, like the look on Helen’s face when she takes Jack-Jack out of a bad guy’s hands, or the look of sadness on Violet’s face when she has to explain to her parents what happened during the fight. Kamarga’s art is a little uneven in places too, though; the most notable moment for me is when Violet loses Jack-Jack, where it’s a little hard to tell at first just what is going on.
All in all, though, it’s a nice first issue. It has a good mixture of adventure and humor, and the running gag of people asking Larry if it’s ok to hold a baby while being on fire made me chuckle. With “The Incredibles” now being an ongoing series, I’m looking forward to seeing just what Waid and Landry are going to do next.