REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #1
Written by Christopher Hastings
Art by Anna Johnstone, Joana Lafuente, and Mike Fiorentino
Edited by Whitney Leopard and Michael Moccio
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: June 20, 2018
Rigby and Mordecai may be full grown adults with children and wives, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still get into an adventure or two. What’s next for this dynamic duo? Find out in this first issue of Regular Show 25 Years Later!
The writing for this issue is perfect. Hastings really has the tone of the show down to a tee, this weird blend of realism in relationships and absurdism in villains. I especially love the fantasy world the two walk into. I love the person-eating building that gives away its villainous ways too early and tries to back track. I love the beverage bar wear literal drinks are drinking drinks. I love the use of the Alberich. I already knew lore on the Alberich beforehand, so as soon as he popped up, I knew he’d be no good.
I love the follow through of Rigby’s character development. One of the most well-done character arcs in the show was Rigby’s and his going from kind of a jerk to a very sympathetic and wonderful person who obtained his high school degree. I am glad that his characterization marched on within those 25 years and seems to have grown into an even better person than before, even if he may partially be the cause of them going on this wacky adventure.
The art is wonderful. Johnstone keeps with the style of the show well with a hint of her own edge to it. I love how some characters of items pop off the panels into the white spaces or other panels of the comic. I love the designs of the beverage people at the beverage bar. The person-eating building is fun as well. It reminds me a lot of the movie Monster House, though, a bit more urban.
Lafuente’s coloring goes well with the overall comic. I like the shading she does. I think the solid colors of the comic go with the style and work with the original show’s style.
I find the difference in coloring in the night sky works well. I think having the texture from the medium and dark navy hues with blotches of white looks beautiful.
I would definitely recommend Regular Show 25 Years Later if you like Regular Show. It may not be the best place to start if you haven’t watched the show or read any of the comics, but it is a fun comic if you like the kooky adventures of Rigby and Mordecai.
The Verdict: 9.0/10