Review: Rocky & Bullwinkle #1
They’re finally here! Welcome Bullwinkle the Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel back to comics, in this very special first issue by fan-favorites Mark Evanier and Roger Langridge. Rocky and Bullwinkle must stop the evil Boris and Natasha from duping a wealthy philanthropist in THE PSYCHIC SIDEKICK. And when Dudley Do-Right tries to woo the beautiful Nell, will Snidely Whiplash get away?
Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in action this month with the release of issue #1 of their new four-part series. The story is written by Mark Evanier with art and letters by Roger Langridge. Jeremy Colwell rounds things out with coloring. Does Rocky and Bullwinkle take flight, or is this a load of bull…winkle?
Rocky and Bullwinkle are on their way to meet the world’s 17th richest man. The philanthropist has promised to give the duo some money to fund a park for children in Frostbite Falls. The only problem is that Cap’n Peachfuzz is chauffeuring moose and squirrel to their appointment. Meanwhile, Natasha and Boris have weaseled their way into the rich man’s good graces under the guise of fortune tellers. The philanthropist is eager to see his future, so the two spies are more than willing to pull the wool over his eyes. When Rocky and Bullwinkle finally arrive, the big lug Bullwinkle has a rather fortuitous accident. Can the duo out the spies? Will they be able to get the money for the park? And can Dudley Do-Right get Nell to give him some attention in the halftime story?
Evanier does an apt job of adapting the characters into this iteration of a comic book series. It’s an updated take that breaks the fourth wall a few times as Bullwinkle explains his occasional puns. It doesn’t have quite the sharp wit, satire, and puns the original show has, but it’s a good enough first issue. Langridge has a good take on the characters. They are recognizable, but he puts his own twist on a few things here and there. It’s a fitting take on the more updated and streamlined Rocky and Bullwinkle. Dudley Do-Right is written and drawn incredibly well though. It helps to really sell the vibe of the show and the way Dudley came in to break the story up for a few minutes. Colwell’s colors are bright and vibrant. The colors are a wonderful middle ground between animation and comics.
Bottom Line: Rocky and Bullwinkle is a solid story that will please fans and people looking for a bit of nostalgia. If you have some knowledge about the duo, you’ll have a good enough time. 3/5
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