Review – Mighty Mouse #1

Mighty Mouse #1 – 
Dynamite Comics
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Igor Lima
Colors by Pete Pantazis
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover by Alex Ross
If you have ever been bullied, chances are, you had something that was an escape for your.  Something that, in a world that was cruel, gave you something to smile about and maybe even some peace.  I know what you’re thinking…this is an odd introduction to a review of a comic book about a popular cartoon superhero.  That is exactly where this review starts, in the very unexpected first issue of Mighty Mouse from Dynamite.
The main plot of this story actually centers around a boy named Joey Baloney.  Joey is, what a bully would describe, as a “typical nerd.”  He gets picked on, but there are plenty of other things that aren’t going well in his life.  So he clings to the one thing in his life that never lets him down, Mighty Mouse.  We did get to see the titular hero many times in this book, but in a very different way that I will not spoil here.  At this point, you may STILL be thinking, how is this a Might Mouse comic?  Well, that’s where the end of this book comes in.  Again, I will not spoil the actual ending or what transpires, but I will tell you that this very much is a Mighty Mouse story and one we have not seen before.
Mighty Mouse was always one of my favorite cartoons growing up.  Most of my experience was in syndication in the 80s, but it allowed me to be able to see a lot of the classic cartoons.  I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t sure about the direction that this comic was going.  The more and more I read it, the more I started to come around on this story.  I will say, this definitely reads more like a #0 issue to me than a #1 issue.  I know that zero issues can be skipped by some readers, or seem unimportant, but sometimes are necessary as a prelude to the upcoming story.  The story really start in the final few pages, and that’s not a bad thing, but I can see diehard Mighty Mouse fans becoming a bit impatient in the early going of this book.  At the same time, the art is amazing throughout, and was one of the reasons that it kept my attention so much.  The colors are very important and well done too, considering one of the aspects of the story that I won’t spoil.  Sure this comic wasn’t exactly what I expected, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I don’t know exactly where this is going, but I have seen enough to know that Issue 2 will be quite different from Issue 1.  Unique and different is not a bad thing just because something is from our childhood.  So my excitement level that I had when this title was announced remains, but now, for a different reason.  Let’s see where Fisch and company are headed with this one.