One of the greatest cartoons currently airing on the Cartoon Network is Regular Show, which is about Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon, who are employed at a park and the crazy adventures that they have. The most recent episode to air was entitled “Every Meat Burrito” where Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and High Five Ghost meet a criminal from the 70’s who lives in the super plush shag interior of his getaway car. If that scenario doesn’t have you laughing already then Regular Show probably isn’t for you, but if it does, let me tell you about the new comic book series being published by Kaboom!
Only three issues have hit the stands so far and each issue is broken into atleast two shorter stories created by different creative teams. These comics all jump right to the heart of the series using the same improbable scenario story telling device, catch phrases, and zinger plot twists to the tell the story. Issue #1 and #2 tell a two part story about a Mosh Monster who lives off the rowdiness of teenagers that awakens when Muscle Man and High Five Ghost, who are inadvertantly challenged by Mordecai and Rigby, start a mosh pit at a benefit concert featuring folk music. Mordecai and Rigby have to travel to the heart of the Mosh Pit to rescue Muscle Man and High Five Ghost and all sort of hijinks and hilarity ensue.
It wasn’t long before I was mimicing the characters voices in my head as I read. In these three issues the other stories are about getting a good roller coaster ride picture taken, fighting the Sand Man so he can’t put them to sleep, making a delivery on time without getting distracted, arm wrestling, and a hot tube with a colony of inhabitants living inside it. There a quotes from Isaac Asimov’s science fiction stories and short profiles on all the creative teams involved.
JG Quintel, the creator of Regular Show, has stated in interviews that he is a fan of The Simpsons and loves animation as a medium and it is very clear in the TV episodes and it is also clear in these issues because the comic book compliments the show very well.
While $3.99 an issue might seem steep, the book is well worth a read for fans of Regular Show and readers just looking for a good, smart laugh.