The Mask is back and this time in Itty Bitty form! From Art Baltazar and Franco, join the Mask on a series of zany new adventures. There’s wacky grandmas, crazy animals, a super-sized mayor and even an alien invasion. So, strap yourselves for a wild ride as the Mask takes you here, there and everywhere!
Herman Shazbert was just out looking for an anniversary gift for his wife when he came across a strange looking mask in a small shop. Despite the shopkeeper’s warnings, Herman purchased the mask and that’s when things started getting out of hand. The Mask bopped around all over, from Herman’s mother all of the way to the mayor’s office, it certainly saw its share of action. The thing is though, I just couldn’t get into this series. It’s definitely geared more toward a younger audience and its art style and choice in humor shows just that. Now I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing, but I can’t really see too many adults picking this one up. Unless you’re a fan of the Itty Bitty books, or The Mask from yore, I just found it a little hard to get through due to the oversaturation of the stupid humor. Honestly, I think the shopkeeper is the best part of the series. He always manages to interject at the just the right time, giving me that chuckle I need to get through the rest of the issues.
This is not The Mask from the movie, and definitely not from the original comic book series. I’d put this one on par with the cartoon series, or the sequel movie: Son of The Mask. A lot more kid-friendly and a lot more stupid humor, Itty Bitty Mask is a great way for the younger crowd to break into the franchise. Franco brightens things up with his colorful and exaggerated art style and Art Baltazar keeps things clean on the writing side of things. A far cry from the original series which was much more violent, at times showing a blood-spattered Mask on the cover. If you’re still a fan of The Mask, this series at least holds a bit of the nostalgia, but hopefully this is just the start of the original series making a come-back.
A fun book for the kids, Itty Bitty Mask 1-4 revitalizes a series long thought forgotten. You won’t find any of the usual tropes from before, but if you’re looking for a wacky new series, then this one’s for you. The first three issues are out now with the fourth one on the way, so if you haven’t already now’s a good time to jump onto this series. For more info on where to find these books, visit the Dark Horse website, or the Dark Horse Facebook page.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.