Missing Linx is a trade paperback coming out this month from Viper Comics. Written by Dale Mettam (Orpheus) and art by Courtney Huddleston (Decoy), this novel is fashioned with kids in mind but appeals to adults and kids alike.
DR. ERASMUS Q. BEDFELLOW is bent on releasing the creatures of the Fantasy Realm into our dimension, using the creatures of nightmares to rule the world. Only one thing stands in his way. An unlikely group of heroes – the result of Bedfellow’s last attempt to breach the border between realities – BIG FOOT, SASQUATCH, SKUNK APE and THE YETI.
Right off the bat, the experience of this trade reminds me of watching Saturday Morning Cartoons. You have mythical creatures with almost super-hero powers fighting a mad scientist bent on destroying the world. It really does sound to me like the pitch for our next crime fighting team. And wouldn’t they make for cool action figures. Collect Sasquatch, Skunk Ape, Yeti and team leader Bigfoot; all with nine points of articulation, highly detailed and each come with their own accessories. I would be in collector heaven.
The novel opens with a father and his two sons camping in a national park who have to be rescued by our hero team and Mettam and Huddleston don’t miss a beat when it comes to introducing us with full action poses and comedic banter. The tone has been set for the rest of the story and exclamations like “Fudgecicles” mean you are having safe family fun. Instead of being turned off by that or thinking I might not be the target market, I am just filled with nostalgia for my childhood. And since I read this novel and wrote this review while sitting on the floor of my apartment surrounded by comics and Star Wars toys, I do realize some things have not changed now that I am on the cusp of turning 30.
Each of our heroes has a very different personality and work well together while irritating each other just like any other family. I say this while humming the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme to myself.
The dialogue is funny. And is accomplished in a not so juvenile kind of way. And the monsters that our hero team are forced to battle are a kaiju nerdgasm.
You wont regret picking up this fun gem from Viper when it comes out later this month. Clocking in at 72 pages and $7.95, you wont want to miss out. Preorder on Amazon now.