Supered-Up Monster Kids #1 starts out with a delightful letter from the publisher/writer, Kevin M. Glover. While Glover’s recent work has been investing his ghoulish passions into work for a more mature readership, the time feels right to clear some cobwebs from an old cartoon pitch for younger audiences to indulge.
This first issue isn’t going to blind you with glaring intricacies or terrify you with ghastly apparitions. This doesn’t mean readers of any age can’t enjoy themselves. The script is plainspoken children who might feel a bit out of touch with today’s youth, but isn’t that what fantasy is all about? It’s invigorating to see children being children in a way that this reviewer (as a member of the millennial scourge) has honestly never seen in person but recognizes from television’s reflection of nostalgia “from another time.” If anything in this world can remain timeless, classic children’s comics a la Archie will always be found right next to the Beatles’ music and those wonderful concoctions we call milkshakes.
All boxes are ticked with our four diverse children, our mystical item of transformation and our schoolyard bullies running from a threat (the likes of which the world has never seen before)! The sense of wonder from these children manifests in distinct forms of youthful naiveté and creative uses of classic monsters that we all love. Children are bound to find their favorites quickly and with any luck, find a bit of themselves (minus the modern angst) in the group. The threat needs no explanation or fleshing out; this isn’t about conflict. This is about fun. Remember fun?
No Saturday morning cartoon could be complete without some art to set the tone and help bring out all the emotion of a young boy flying around and making puns while he exercises his newfound strengths to save the town. Mohamed Fouad nails the exuberant facial expressions and bombastic motions of the children with dashes of color in all the right places. This would make an excellent first comic book for an interested young person as the layout is easily read and even contains arrows for any confusing sequential lines.
Supered-Up Monster Kids can be described in one word: Refreshing. Be sure to find plenty more fun content at FracturedScaryTales.com.
Classic, positive feel
Makes me crave sugary cereal
Lack of modern appeal beyond nostalgia
Intentional, understandably shallow plot