Review: Dexter’s Laboratory #1

Review of: Dexter’s Laboratory #1
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Derek Fridolfs

Dexter's Laboratory #1

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On April 30, 2014
Last modified:April 29, 2014


Dexter Laboratory throws you in to a new adventure with the boy-genius, but it doesn’t quite knock you off your feet.

Everyone’s favorite boy-genius returns to comics! Dexter has reached the pinnacle of his greatest scientific experiment—one that will gift him with infinite clarity and superhuman intellect beyond all mankind. But with every precaution in place, will he be able to finish it before his meddling sister Dee Dee ruins everything…AGAIN?!

IDW reintroduces another Cartoon Network fan-favorite this month with the release of Dexter’s Laboratory #1. The story is written by Derek Fridolfs with art by Ryan Jampole. Jeremy Colwell handles colors with Tom B. Long tackling lettering. Is Dexter onto something good here, or is this a failed experiment?

Dexter is nearing completion of an experiment that could change everything. If he is successful, Dexter will unlock the full potential of the human mind and give himself near superhuman intelligence. The only problem, the same problem he always has, is his sister Dee Dee. Dexter thinks he has every base covered and has a while to work before Dee Dee returns home. But as always, she finds a way to pop in and see what her little brother is up to. Dexter has another plan though, a plan that could solve his problem once and for all. Can Dexter finally get Dee Dee out of the way? What lengths is he willing to go to for some peace and quiet?

Fridolfs writes a good story that really manages to capture the voices and the overall vibe of the cartoon series. You can almost heard Dexter and Dee Dee’s voices in your head when you’re reading through the issue. The story itself ends just when it really starts to work, which is good in some ways. It just feels a little too safe, but the things Fridolfs is setting up could easily knock readers for a loop. Jampole’s art and Colwell’s colors do a near perfect job of capturing the visuals and the overall aesthetics of the show. Where Jampole and Fridolf really get to break away is with the way they illustrate the action and the overall direction of the book.

Bottom Line: Dexter Laboratory throws you in to a new adventure with the boy-genius, but it doesn’t quite knock you off your feet. There’s definitely enough to warrant a return trip to the lab thanks to that ending. 3/5

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