The Mighty Mascots 100 Page Alterna Giants Review - A Middle Finger to Mainstream Comic Book Scams
Updated: Jun 20
I reviewed the first issue of Mighty Mascots and really enjoyed it. It's been a while but with the release of the Alterna Giants line of comics, I figured it would be a good opportunity to catch up and see how the series turned out.
The idea that we can get a relatively new comic book series compiled into a 100-page graphic novel for $4.99 is amazing. It also blows away the argument that mainstream publishers are justified in charging 3.99 for a 22-page floppy. I'm not sure what the profit margin is for these books but its existence is a big middle finger to mainstream comics and their pricing schemes.
I don't have a lot of complaints regarding the actual comic but I did find the cover to be kind of odd. "The Chief" has clearly been whitewashed for the cover. I'm gonna give the creative team the benefit of the doubt that the color change is a print error, but it did rub me the wrong way for obvious reasons if you know me.
Our Heroes are;
1. Captain Horatio Honeyflakes - Captain Crunch
2. Boxer Bear - Suger Bear/Golden Crisp
3. Mondo Martian - I'm guessing Quisp but not sure
4. Brewster Mcpunch - My guess is a combo of Kool-Aid man and Hawaiian punch
5. Sea-Rat - Toucan Sam/Fruit Loops
6. Whack, Smack, Boom - Snap, Crackle, Pop - Rice Crispies
The team is lead by Manny Coleman, a former child star that is obviously inspired by Gary Coleman. There's even a flashback to his time as a sitcom star on a show that suspiciously resembles the '80s hit Diff'rent Strokes.
The art and characters are all interesting. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the inspirations of the Mascots. This turned out to be part of the fun of the series because it wasn't always obvious. I glanced at one of the characters and immediately recognized him as a being inspired by Kool-Aid man. As the book went on I discovered that the character also took on traits of Hawaiian Punch. These sorts of details made the book more enjoyable to me because there is a surface level story for everyone. There are also details that have been grafted into the narrative for older readers.
The book reads like a love letter to the '60s-'90s Saturday morning cartoons. If you were a child during those era's you'll be right at home with this series. The only thing missing is the obligatory action figure tie-in.
Mighty Mascots represents the perfect usage of comics books as a storytelling medium. The book works in single issues because of the constant action, humor, and compelling cliffhangers. The book also works as a single volume because the single issues were concise and plotted as if each issue was someone's first.
I found it to be hilarious and interesting that most of the comic take place in a supermarket parking lot. Most of us were introduced to our real-world mascots through commercials or trips to the grocery store. The book also reminded me of Captain American: Civil War, which had a massive fight scene in an airport parking lot.
The villains, Muckmouth and Tarter Crew keep with the random nature of cartoon villains. They are all one dimensional but throw enough variety at our heroes. They also are portrayed as legit threats throughout the series.
Another plus for the series is that the art is always dynamic, energetic, and interesting to look at. The characters are constantly breaking out new powers and Ian is clearly having a good time drawing this book. The villains are goofy but they are never treated as jokes. At many points in the book, it appears that the heroes are in real danger. This is surprising considering the light-hearted tone of the art style.
It doesn't matter if Mighty Mascots was a $1.50 floppy or a 100 Giant. Dollar for dollar Mighty Mascots is a great value proposition for all ages. It's not Watchmen, but it's a fun comic that you can read, put down, and have a good feeling about afterward. What more can you ask for in a comic book?