And Then I Read: THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS

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Boom Studios is doing some good work in producing comics kids would like that are also fun for adults. I loved the Brad Bird animated film this is based on, thought it was the best animated super-hero film in ages. This book, written by Mark Waid, art by Marcio Takara, is as much fun as a static comics version of the characters can be. The dialogue is funny, each of the characters has a distinct voice (which you can imagine the voice actors from the film speaking), and the plot is clever and entertaining. The art does a good job of capturing the original computer-animation in comics form. The feet are too small, but they were in the film, too, it just wasn’t as noticeable there because you didn’t have time to focus on it. And, after all, it represents the kind of extreme foreshortening seen in comics by Jack Kirby, among others, so it does have a reason to be so.

Mr. Incredible has a problem: his powers are fading. He’s reluctant to tell anyone, but his family figures it out and does their best to cover for him. Meanwhile, some very friendly neighbors harbor a secret that will cause more problems for the Incredible family, even while they must handle various villains and emergencies. Mark Waid does well with all the characters, but I think particularly enjoys young Dash, who is not unlike the DC character IMPULSE that Mark also wrote. Takara’s art has lots of variety, from very close shots that focus on character to wide ones with lots of detail, and his action scenes are quite good. The coloring by Andrew Dalhouse adds a lot to the look of the book, often softening and modelling backgrounds so they look like animation art while keeping the characters in dark outlines. I think anyone who enjoyed the Incredibles film would also have a good time reading this book. Recommended.

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