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The Incredibles: City of Incredibles

Fun.  It’s what comics were all about when I was a kid.  Pure, unadulterated, action-oriented, and sometimes even laugh-out-loud fun.  It’s what I wish more of them were about today.  But, until such a day comes, I’ll be content with the occasional such offering, like Disney and Marvel’s The Incredibles: City of Incredibles.

The story begins with the birth of Jack-Jack, the youngest member of the family.  Of course, in the world of this extra-normal group, the event is required to be anything but typical.  Before the little Incredible can be born, the family has a dust-up with a band of villains.  Bad guys get dispatched, and the crime-fighting brood welcomes their newest member.  But, what’s with that odd canister the Confederacy of Crime was after?  And, how might its contents affect Jack-Jack…?

Mark Waid sets readers up with an intriguing prologue, then he and Landry Walker deliver a breakneck-paced, engrossing story which contains entertaining characters, an engaging plot, a twist or two, and a few laughs, just for good measure.  Without giving too much away, Jack-Jack’s power-transferal method is simple, yet hilariously in character.  Short of the movie itself, this is the best material employing these characters that I’ve seen.

Marcio Takara and Ramanda Kamarga handle the art chores, and churn out a visual feast which is true enough to the look of the movie, while portraying action, drama and comedy in superior form.  I very much enjoyed their villains’ character designs, (my personal favorites being Mr. Pixel and Centsus) and the storytelling was also top-notch.

All-in-all, The Incredibles is a magazine-sized comic book that can be enjoyed by every member of the family.  Now that I’ve finally read and reviewed it, I plan on passing it on to my own kids.

Find this recommended work at your local comics shop, or online retailers and auctions.  But, try your local comics shop first.

Mark Allen

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