A brief quiz before we begin. Do you enjoy any of the following (check all that apply):
- Fairy Tale References
- More Puns
- The word “bro”
- Robots that transform to make an even bigger robot
- Sassy and snappy dialogue
- Just… so many puns
If you selected any of the options that included “puns”, go get the first issue of Brobots. Now.
Written by J. Torres, Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle seems to be throwing back to several eighties/nineties kids’ show trends. It could be most accurately described as a sort of mashup of Power Rangers and the original PowerPuff Girls: lots of action combined a general goofiness and sense of self-awareness that made the Cartoon Cartoons beloved by kids and adults. Torres’ three Brobots, Panchi, Joukei, and Kouro, are perpetually cheery and never give up in the face of a foe.
Artist Sean Dove uses a simple style for the comic’s illustrations that’s vaguely reminiscent of the same older cartoons, but actually reminds me more of the art from the Little Golden Books. Fairly energetic, but clean and clear as far as character distinction and plot, Dove’s work really makes this accessible to younger readers.
Final verdict: Brobots is adorable, and it’ll definitely be in the stack of comics I give my nephew for his birthday.