Misfit City 1 Review

first_img Misfit City #1(W) Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten (A) Naomi FranquizNothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the 80s… but that’s ancient history. Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old pirate map drawn by someone named Black Mary…and find out there might be some REAL adventure in their tiny town after all!via BOOM! BoxMisfit City #1 is the start of a new series by writers Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten, artist Naomi Franquiz, and colorist Brittany Peer. Set in the fictional town of Cannon Cove, Oregon, the story focuses on a group of young women living in a tourist trap of a city, as a result of it being the filming place for a movie that is more or less The Goonies. The fictional movie, called The Gloomies, seems to follow the same basic premise of a rag tag group of kids in the 1980’s as they find a treasure map and go on an adventure. The movie is very popular in the world of Misfit City, and these young women have all grown up in a town that serves as a church for it, causing them to resent it. Then, the group ends up finding a treasure map of their own, and they have to admit that the adventure presented in the movie that has lingered over their life does have an appeal.I love the “meta” humor going on here, as the group grows up resenting the very story that they go on to follow through with. Writer Kiwi Smith, known for her work on the movies Legally Blonde, and 10 Things I Hate About You, has always had a keen sense of humor, and says that this story was inspired by a road trip through the Northwest. It just has a really good sense of what this series is, and it keeps everything light and fun. The introduction of the villains is a great scene that is just the right balance of hammy and sinister.  Between the tone and the Northwestern setting, it reminds me a lot of the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls, which is something I have missed dearly since it ended last February.via BOOM! BoxArtist Naomi Franquiz is the real standout of the issue for me though, reminding me a lot of Becky Cloonan, which is not at all a bad thing. She has great designs for all of the characters, which is important for a first issue that introduces so many. I love when an artist has an eye for fashion, and every character in this has a great outfit, but they also manage to all be different and not over the top. Colorist Brittany Peer and Franquiz work well together, giving this book the perfect feel as a fun story with just the slightest hints of something more sinister going on underneath the surface. Lots of colder colors make this the city that the story is set in feel all the more real, like a foggy northwestern city, with tall trees, mountains, and quaint little towns.  There’s something about Misfit City that really just gets it right, gets it fun, and I can’t wait for issue two. Misfit City #1 by writers Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten, artist Naomi Franquiz, and colorist Brittany Peer is in stores this week. Stay on target Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) last_img read more

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