Rating: 3.5/5 – Good art & decent story in a sequel to the Super Mario Bros. Movie
A direct sequel to Super Mario Bros. The Movie in webcomic form. Yes, you read that right.
What’s Awesome About It?
OK, so why you would WANT to advertise that you were associated with the Super Mario Bros. Movie or that your webcomic has anything to do with it let alone being a direct sequel is completely beyond me. That said, if you pretend (or if, mercifully, you don’t have to pretend) that the movie doesn’t exist, this is a decent opening to a story. The art is black and white and I personally felt like it should be colored, but it is very solid and the designs for the characters and environments are quite good.
The story isn’t that far along, it’s about one “issue” (standard American comic length) in, and is off to a good start. However it IS a direct sequel to the movie, so it suffers somewhat there – Mario and Luigi look nothing like their video game counterparts, which bothers me somewhat, but isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you’re not a fan of the video game you can look at it as more of a straight adventure. If you are a fan of the video game, you need to suck it up and realize that this is not a sequel to the Nintendo games and the designs are not taken from the video game.
This comic is good enough on it’s own that it deserves to be read and followed. It seems like it has solid potential to be a decent action/adventure strip.
On the other hand it is associating itself with the god-awful Super Mario Bros. Movie (it’s a direct sequel to the hook at the end of that movie). I would urge you not to go out and watch the movie if you’ve not suffered through it already as a precursor to this webcomic. Just read the comic and ignore that the movie ever existed, I wish I could. If you saw the movie, you might agree with me – and quite possibly be less merciful than I’ve been about the movie.
Don’t hold the movie against the webcomic, it’s really worth a read.
Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall – firstname.lastname@example.org
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