The first ongoing series from the BOOM! Kids/Pixar union appears to be the most logical. “The Incredibles” kicks off with the origin tale of Baby Jack-Jack. Not only that, but you get to learn Jack-Jack’s full real name. With essentially the same creative team as the miniseries already released from BOOM!, “Incredibles” hits the ground running and gives us a tale worthy of the brand.
Waid is joined by Landry Walker on this issue, and the duo continues to make the world that the Incredibles inhabit an excitingly fun adventureland. Like the miniseries before, this issue introduces more characters who share a past with the Parr family. This issue may not have the Parr family donning their trademark costumes (except for the cover) but it does offer us a chance to meet the Confederacy of Crime — an assemblage of foes the Incredibles have faced and could potentially face again as this series continues.
Takara continues to entrench himself as the Incredibles artist. His style doesn’t lend itself to duplicating the efforts of the Pixar animators, but there is no doubt regarding the identities of the characters that appear here. With five issues under his belt, Takara should be hitting a stride in his grasp of these characters. This issue did have some shaky parts, like a scene where Bob Parr — Mr. Incredible — has his whole family wear ski masks and attack Doc Sunbright’s assailants.
My kids are thrilled that there will be regular issues of “The Incredibles” to look forward to. Of all the comic books they get a chance to read — from “Tiny Titans” to the “Marvel Adventures” line — “Incredibles” is the one they keep asking for. Waid’s Silver Age sensibilities are perfect for this throwback book. If nothing else comes of the BOOM! Kids line, the five issues of “The Incredibles” to this point is a fine legacy. This is what comics should be – readable, enjoyable, and share-able. I can hand this off to my kids without redacting any spicy language or situations. I’m anxious to see if the stories that took place before the film continue to be told, or if we make a jump to “after the film” with issue # 1. We’ll have our answer soon enough — and another “Incredible” read.