Posted By Leo Reyna on February 6, 2014
Cover art by Allison Strejlau
Just like the hit Cartoon Network show its based on, BOOM! Studios’s comic adaption of Regular Show is anything but. It’s funny; it’s surreal; it’s beautiful; and similarly to other all-age books published under the KaBOOM! imprint, it’s consistently entertaining. This is thanks to the talent of writer K.C. Green and artist Allison Strejlau. However, for the past four issues, Green has been absent as the comic’s writer. With issue #9, Green makes his return to the comically absurd Regular Show-verse with a story that not only does the series proud, but serves as a welcomed invitation to newcomers.
For those unfamiliar with the cartoon, Regular Show follows the lives of Mordecai and Rigby: two laid-back park workers that constantly find their seamlessly mundane lives turned explicitly crazy by one thing or another. And considering they take orders from a talking gumball machine on a daily basis, that’s saying something. In issue #9, that talking gumball machine, Benson, has ordered his crew to sell any junk lying around the house for the garage sale the park is holding to boost revenue. As usual, Mordecai just wants to get the job done, while Rigby throws a tantrum over the whole matter.
Green’s return to the comic delivers the same silly humors found in the original series, with dialogue that amuses and stays true to the characters. Just like Leo Johnson said in his review of issue #1, the writing here could easily pass for any Regular Show . . . show. I didn’t need to stretch my imagination when reading Mordecai’s taunts towards Rigby as he throws away his junk; their voices instantly played out in my head.
Green doesn’t deserve all the credit, however, as Strejlau’s artwork gives the book a style familiar to the series, but unique to its own. It’s more lively, expressive and imaginative than the typical animation seen in Regular Show. Mordecai’s and Rigby’s ridiculous reactions seem above is enough to conjure up a smile on anyone’s face. My favorite illustration from the book is page 18, where Rigby imagines himself as a hero. Strejlau’s panels this sequence creatively and amusingly, with Rigby’s pleased face evoking a bit of Dr. Suess.
Similarly to the Adventure Time comics by KaBOOM!, Regular Show features a short story by a guest artist. For issue #9, Jake Wyatt tells the tale of Rigby steali–I mean–borrowing a magical 20-sided die and selfishly abusing its ability to grant wishes to one-up Mordecai and vice versa. Again, like the main story, this fun little special is true to the show in capturing the competitive relationship between Mordecai and Rigby. It’s also nice sight for the eyse, with its delightfully warm pink color scheme dropping by now and then.
Regular Show #9 starts off strong with a humorous beginning to what looks like to be a great story arc. Only flaw I have with the issue is that I wanted more, but what I got was enough to satisfy me until the next issue. Highly recommended for fans of the show, current comic readers, or anyone looking for a good all-age book.