One of the all-time classic newspaper comic strips, I used to collect and read the Garfield collections as a kid and I have nothing but fond memories of sitting on my bed laughing and laughing at his exploits. A few years ago I happened upon a treasury collection with creator Jim Davis’ comments on each strip and was blown away by how funny the strips still were and how many innuendoes he slipped by the editors.
I was pretty excited to see that he was going to be appearing in a comic book series and had high hopes of exposing the character to my kids. So far, I am pleased to report, the comic has met my expectations and my kids are enjoying them as well. It probably helped that they were exposed to the character via the two big screen movies but that it beside the point.
This issue features two stories, both written by classic Groo scribe Mark Evanier. In the first story Jon is trying franticly to finish a new comic book for his bossy publisher and gets unexpected help from Garfield and Odie. It is a nice story with good artwork but it is the second story that nailed it for me this issue. New girl Jeanette is having trouble fitting into the neighborhood and Garfield tries to help, even though she does not want it. The writing is very crisp in this story and I loved the artwork by Mike Decarlo, his style is extremely suited to Garfield.
If you are looking for a great comic to share with your kids or you just want to enjoy the characters you loved growing up, I recommend checking this issue out, I think you will enjoy it.
7 out of 10
7 Word Summary: Captures the heart of the original strips.
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