‘Cartoon Network’s Super Secret Crisis War’ Comic Review
Cartoon Network’s Super Secret Crisis War features an all-star line up of the stations eclectic cast of characters thrown together to team up to defeat a dastardly alliance of their world’s greatest villains.
The evil Aku, shape shifter and all around bad guy from Samurai Jack has created an alliance with Vilgax from Ben 10, Mojo Jojo from the Powerpuff Girls, and Mandark from Dexter’s Laboratory. The group plots to kidnap the heroes and Ed, Edd, and Eddy to use them to create an army that will help them to conquer all of their worlds.
This story was a lot of fun. It will play really well if you have any familiarity with these characters and you’ll get some extra enjoyment if you’re really familiar with them (as well as other Cartoon Network shows). Even if you don’t know the characters intimately, there’s fun to be had here. The team ups are nice and it’s good to see characters prove how awesome they are to other characters, whether it be Dexter proving how valuable his intelligence is in a fight or Bubbles showing Samurai Jack how powerful she is.
Louise Simonson writes this story. She captures the voices of all of the characters really well. Fans should not be disappointed. Though the hook of the story is pretty simple, the plot has some twists and turns that will delight readers. I really liked how she handled the interplay between the characters as well. It would be easy to have characters just monologue with little actual interaction but Simonson creates relationship dynamics that are engaging. She casts Aku and Vilgax as the elitist overlords arguing as to who is really in charge while Mandark and Mojo Jojo are treated as lesser entities by the two who dismiss and condescend them. This is also true for the heroes. The powerful characters worry about Dexter and Ed, Edd, and Eddy while also sizing up each others powers and attitudes.
Derek Charm captures the essence of all of the characters in his art. The only characters who ever suffer from being a little noticeably “off model” are probably Ed, Edd, & Eddy. This feels like a side effect of their show having a looser and sometimes more fluid linestyle in contrast to the broader line styles of all the other properties. Still, Charm draws the cast immaculately. His panel layouts are also noteworthy. He delivers some very unique layouts which never detract from the story, and give the book a distinct frenetic pace. He also gives us some two page spreads constructed in such a way that one might be asking where some wordless posters might be ordered.
Super Secret Crisis War is another notch in IDW’s belt of really well done tie-in comics. They’ve shown they’re one of the best at this time and again and here deliver an awesome crossover of cartoon classics which feels as whimsical and fun as the original cartoons, but also epic on the scale of the events the title alludes to.