Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1+2

Writer: Mark Evanier
Art: Steve Uy

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.

I’m sorry but it was hard to get into these books.  I am suffering a bit from fatigue of licensed properties moving into comics.  Sure I have enjoyed some in my time but I feel this recent gut of licensed media comics feeds into comic’s habitual issue that it’s not good enough on its own, with its own stories and characters.  Yes I totally understand the business logic of working with an established brand to sell something, but one can’t be a cover band forever if they want to make it on their own.

So when I see Grumpy Cat gets a comic I was unimpressed and so of course that feeling would continue even if you did a cross over with the Funny Paper legend that is Garfield.  I grew up reading the Funnies, but a cat that went viral because it suffers from dwarfism and has an overbite doesn’t really scream quality content.

I say all of this as a disclaimer because I just didn’t find the books funny.

SPOILER ALERT

The basic plot to bring these two characters together is some Pet Mogul wants to sell a product that will make Cats like Dogs.  So to prove it works, they kidnap the two most lazy Cats they can find, Grumpy Cat and Garfield.

It’s a silly plot but the story is meant to be silly and it does keep that up throughout.  The art stays light and cartoony but there are a couple of places it seems to unravel some.  Looking at the artist’s other work I can see this isn’t is preferred style.

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Now the writer they got, Mark Evanier, makes perfect sense.  The man has written a lot of funny comics and cartoon shows (he was involved with the show Garfield and Friends) I just wasn’t in the mood for funny involving a cat that Reddit made famous.  Maybe I am becoming a curmudgeon as I get older.

I did see where jokes and such were supposed to be funny but I was too Grumpy to enjoy Grumpy Cat.  The irony is not lost on me.

I give it a 2.5 out 5.

If you want to find out more about this comic you can go to – Dynamite

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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