I always feel like somebody’s watching me (Rugrats #1 Comic Review)

Rugrats #1

 

Written By: Box Brown

Illustrated By: Lisa Dubois

Colored By: Eleonora Bruni

Letters By: Jim Campbell

 

Let’s rewind the clock to 1991, where one of Nickelodeon’s greatest animated shows enticed us all with a simply concept. The imagination of a baby. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, and the big wild world around them have returned for amazing adventures monthly from BOOM! Studios.

 

The Breakdown:

The story itself isn’t seen by us as the most gripping narrative in history, but to these babies, it’s the chapter in their daily adventures. When all of the adults begin to modernize with today’s technology like smartphones, flying drones, and security systems-wait…they put Rugrats in present day? But what about All Grown Up? Oh wait I forgot I’m the one person who liked that show. So with these new up to date babies, they begin to wonder as to how their parents are watching them. From Tommy discovering a baby monitor, to Chucky thinking a drone patrolling the backyard is a bird overlord. Will the babies be able to get around their parent’s technology? We’ll have to find out in issue 2!

 

Opinions and Such:

This was Nostalgia filled goodness for a dedicated Rugrats fan. The open world these kids create is so well done. As you read it you feel yourself hearing the voices of the characters as the story progresses. Writer Box Brown does a good job of capturing the spirit of them. Even adding different keywords used. The simple way of merging words together that babies wouldn’t understand or Tommy’s dad calling him champ, it almost feels like the show is perfectly rebooted for a new age of kids. Thankfully Angelica does not make an appearance issue 1 and the book lets you settle into the main cast of babies and their parents before bringing in the world’s most bratty girl. Oh no what if she has a phone and she’s already into social media?!

The art…okay it’s a little weird, but it’s not bad. Lisa Dubois seems to draw true to form for all the characters, but the entire time you read it just seems exaggerated in places. Chuckies hair being bigger than previous, normal faces drawn differently than before. Like I said it’s not bad, but it definitely takes getting used to.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

 

Final Word:

Rugrats #1 is a good start to what hopefully is a good soft reboot in a new era of Tommy Pickles and his friends. My hope is that as we move forward we have continuous “done in one’s” that allow anyone to pick up a single issue and enjoy the stories inside. The next issue is sure to be good!

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