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‘Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Anybody else remember the What A Cartoon Show on Cartoon Network?  I remember seeing the inaugural episodes of Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo, Two Stupid Dogs, and countless others by Gendy Tartakofsky, among others.  If you’re like me and have a fond nostalgia for those cartoons, then you’re going to love this 11-book event and this issue, in particular.

If you haven’t jumped in yet, this event has some of the best villains from that era of the CN grouping together to take out their foes, making a Super League of baddies.  Capturing the likes of Samurai Jack, Dexter, Ben Tennison, the Powerpuff Girls, and Ed, Edd, and Eddy, the villainous Aku, Mandark, Vilgrax, and Mojojojo send Robotic warriors into their worlds, as well as a few others (in one-shots featuring Johnny Bravo, Billy and Mandy, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Cow and Chicken, and Codename: Kids Next Door).  Our heroes at this point have been able to hold their own, but now Aku reveals his masterwork, a superweapon that will make the heroes comply with the Dark powers’ plans.

I loved this era of the Cartoon Network (Full disclosure: I’m loving what they’re doing now with Adventure Time and Regular Show nowadays, as well, but these were the cartoons of my developmental years.) and love seeing such a fun matchup.  All of the characters seem true to themselves, and they let them all shine as much as they can.  What I’m absolutely loving, though, is the focus on the Eds’ and Mojojojo.  Often overlooked, they’re using these characters to bring the underdog story to the fore, and it’s absolutely great.

The artwork is clean and the characters look great.  Some story points seem to be very obviously borrowed from a large source (Thankfully, they call themselves out on it.), and the focus on the not-so-super folks getting their shot makes me pretty happy.  This is a fun book for anyone who was a fan of these properties, and they tie everything together pretty well.  I can’t wait to see the conclusion.


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