Super Secret Crisis War: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy One-Shot
Written by: Kate Leth on the one-shot, Louise Simonson on pages 19 and 20
Drawn by: Troy Little on the one-shot, Derek Charm on pages 19 and 20
Lettered by: Tom B. Long
Published by: IDW Publishing
Published on: 8/20/14
Review by: Wesley Messer
Oh yes, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy One-Shot was one I’ve looked forward to in Super Secret Crisis War event. This show was a favorite of mine at one point, a demented sense of humor and characters you couldn’t help but love. When I learned this was part of the Super Secret Crisis War, this intrigued me. While only a one-shot story in the midst of the war, still if anything this was going to be a lot of fun. Of course the tricky was if this one-shot was going to have the same energy The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy had. The best part of Super Secret Crisis War was how faithful to the style of each show making it relate to the overall story. Time to see if The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy isn’t just a strong part of Super Secret Crisis War, but a story that will make the fans of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy happy. Onward to the continuing adventures of Super Secret Crisis War with The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
In capturing the spirit of the The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and making it work with the Super Secret Crisis War, Kate Leth deserves a round of applause. Making Super Secret Crisis War fit into the worldview of the show, that impressed me. The evil robots from the first issue of the Super Secret Crisis War appear in the Grim Adventures World and somehow the robots are merged together. The robots are glitched up, messed up, and hilarity ensues from there. Everyone from Billy, Mandy, to Grim are all executed perfectly in their roles. Billy wanting the merged robot as his pet was adorable. As the robot started to glitch up more and a explosive chase scene happens, it’s brilliant and hilarious. With Mandy’s cynical tone right in line with the madness around them.
I will say the only part of the story that didn’t entirely work for me was right near the end with Grim’s friend. His style didn’t entirely fit with the worldview of the show and story for me. Overall, Kate Leth captured the spirit of the cartoon outside of the last few pages; this is a near perfect story. The ending was cute though despite me personally not jiving with the way the story turned out. If the ending would have been a little stronger, this would have been so much cooler. Overall though I had a great time with the one-shot. Story: 8 out of 10
Troy Little’s art was great for this one-shot for The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy because just like Kate Leth; he captured the spirit of the show. Troy Little captures the spirit of the show and then some, it doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the show. Little’s art brought back many great memories for me. His storytelling is strong here. The way Little handled the robots was fun. Leth’s script in words showed how glitched up they were, it was through Little’s art that the full insanity of this situation revealed itself. This is solid art for an overall solid story, outside of the battle scenes in the city, that’s where the art got hit or miss for me as to how the battle was conveyed. I must say though, Little did wonders with Leth’s script and for fans of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, you’re going to love the art here. Art: 9 out of 10
It’s not essential to Super Secret Crisis War but wow it’d be a shame to miss reading this one-shot. Even if you aren’t reading Super Secret Crisis War, if you’re a fan of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, you are going to love this. You feel as if this is a lost episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy by the time the comic is over. Weird enough to admit that this is a one-shot that holds up on its own while being a neat part of the story. A clever one-shot that keeps you hooked every step of the way. Nothing more to say outside of read this comic and enjoy yourself.
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
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