Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Angry Birds Comics Volume 1: Welcome to the Flock Review (Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin)

That’s right, the game 90% of people play while on the crapper has become a comic – and a surprisingly decent one too!

IDW have gone about the potentially godawful enterprise of adapting Angry Birds the game into a comic by hiring two excellent writers, Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) and Paul Tobin (Bandette), both of whom have created some wonderful all-ages comics (particularly Tobin’s Marvel Heroes work).

Together they craft some short and simple stories for the Angry Birds to have while the Pigs try to steal their eggs. An elaborate theme park, Piggyland, keeps the Birds occupied while the Pigs raid their nests; candy and cartoons attempt to subvert the Birds’ friendships; a weather machine takes on the Birds; and fashion grips the Pigs as the search for the best wig is on!

These are comics aimed at younger readers AND it’s based on a video game so expect the most straightforward, uncomplicated stories with the simplest characterisations. They’re very broad comics that I’m sure the target audience of kids will like – older readers though? Ehhhhhh, no!

That said, I read this out of curiosity to see how exactly Angry Birds becomes a comic at all, given that there’s absolutely no narrative in the game, and I think Parker and Tobin did a fine job building what they did out of what little they had. And it’s certainly more readable than Tobin’s other game-related comic, the coma-inducing Plants Vs Zombies: Lawnmageddon.

Is it an amazing comic? No, it’s Angry Birds, it was never going to be amazing! But it’s also not terrible either and fans of the game, especially younger readers, will find an ok collection of short comics in this volume.

Angry Birds Comics Volume 1: Welcome to the Flock

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