Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1

It’s the inevitable meeting of the sourpusses! Garfield, the reigning cynical cat of newspapers and TV crosses paths with Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation whose scowl endeared herself to the world. Who’s the most sarcastic? Well, he likes lasagna and not much else…and she doesn’t even like lasagna. Can these two inhabit the same comic book mini-series, let alone the same planet? You’ll find out in a trio of issues written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Steve Uy. We’d say it’s the cat’s meow but neither of these cats meows.

Most of the time, I’m interested to see what new antics that everyone’s favorite lasagna eating cat is up to next. While I wasn’t disinterested, I wasn’t really all that concerned with the other half of this new crossover. Even so, I opened issue one of Grumpy Cat/Garfield without the unhappy face that these two are known so well for.

This “inevitable” crossover opens to a handful of pages with side by side comparisons of how similar these two felines are. What brings them together is a greedy corporate entity who believes dogs are superior, and abducts them to test his new product on that will make cats act more like their counterpart. Both of their best friends witness the separate kidnappings and race to save their respective buddies. For some folks that might be silly, but for a comic in the Garfield universe, those sorts of things are appropriate and you have to look at it like that.

Even though this title attached to Garfield’s name is a joint effort from Boom and Dynamite this time, the artwork is really no different. That’s not a statement made with any negative connotation though, as it’s a clean and basic style that has worked well. As long as the Garfield comics ran, readers are used to it and there’s no reason to change the formula much now.

I love Garfield just as much as the next guy and I never complain when I can read another comic of his. Grumpy Cat, admittedly, is of little to no interest for me even as cute as her real inspiration is. I get that the pairing of them works, I just don’t know that it was something I’d ever have wanted. It could produce an amusing enough story by the end but I’m personally not super eager for more.

For more information on Grumpy Cat/Garfield or other Dynamite and Boom!books, check out Dynamite Entertainment and Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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