• Matt Ligeti

MEGATOMIC BATTLE RABBIT, ISSUES #1-2


Writer: Stu Perrins Art: Israel Huertas Publisher: Fair Spark Books


This review covers the 1st 2 issues in a 4-issue miniseries. We don't get a whole peek into the entire story arc, so it's hard to tell this early on what the rest of the series has in store for us, and this review may look a little different from the regular Friday ones that cover entire volumes.

WHAT IS IT?

A play on the classic story of the young boy and the hero from outer space.

Do you remember that Hulk Hogan movie, Suburban Commando, where he's an alien and lives with a kid and his family? It reminds me a lot of that! Just more rabbit-y.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

A kid grows up dreaming about the stars and life beyond his world. He looks through his telescope at what lies beyond his bedroom window and thinks about what all that space could hold.

Meanwhile, a giant, sentient rabbit pilots a rapidly failing space ship. With no other choices available to him, it looks like he may have to crash-land it on this strange, green-and-blue planet nearby.

Soon, both their lives would be changed forever. This is the story of Dexter and...MEGATOMIC BATTLE RABBIT!

In issue #2, we see that some people saw the Megatomic Battle Rabbit's alien craft crash, but public opinion is that those people are crazy. The secret is mostly safe for now.

Well, safe except for a couple curious government agents. And those agents are hot on MBR's tail (metaphorically speaking).

Can Dexter keep MBR's existence a secret and help get him back home? Well, I'm not going to tell you that here. Go read the comic!

WHAT WORKS?

  • The whole story is such a throwback to classic family sci-fi stories, and I love it

  • The overall tone is humorous and playfully tongue-in-cheek, which I think works in its favor

  • I thought the Easter Egg of the poster in Dexter's room, plugging the writer's other comic was great (see the image below)

  • Hilarious social jabs and Watchmen nods

  • Really hits all the high points of classic kid movies and comics, like Home Alone, E.T., Stranger Things and all the others

  • Getting-to-know-you moments

  • Hiding a secret person from the parents

  • Wearing a silly disguise

  • Government agents (or other antagonists) pursuing them

  • Definitely a solid indie comic for older kids

  • The art is bright and colorful, and feels like classic video games

  • You also don't always get full color in indie comics, so this was a treat (and absolutely necessary for a comic aimed at a younger audience)

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • It does mention alcohol, blood and death, so this may not be for young kids

  • The first issue does a lot of set-up, but issue #2 really gets things moving

  • It feels like so much of an homage to classic family sci-fi stories that it can seem a little derivative of them, but the primary audience for this comic probably wouldn't know or think that

  • Certain aspects of the art can feel computer generated or overly detailed in comparison to the flatter colors and more cartoony styles of the rest of the comic


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

It's reminiscent of beloved media many of us grew up on, and now, we can share a similarly great story like this one with our own kids. Plus, it's only a 4-issue miniseries, so you don't have to invest too much time or money in it!

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

  • Clockwork, Inc. by Stu Perrins & Ron Gravelle

  • Bucky O'Hare by Larry Hama & Michael Holden

  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis & Brooke Allen

If you like the art:

  • Megatomic Battle Rabbit, #3 by Stu Perrins & Israel Huertas

  • Ella Upgraded by Dan Whitehead & P.R. Dedelis

  • The Family Graves by Timothy Bach & Brian Atkins

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Stu Perrins – Writer

  • Outlander: Lives in England

  • Created his first comic at 9 years old, called "Cyborg Squad"

  • Often links to his other works on Twitter (@StuPerrins), and some of them are free!

Israel Huertas – Art, Color & Letters

  • Outlander: Hails from Spain

  • Dream Team: Often works with his brother, Diego Huertas

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