The son of Buzz Lightyear dreams of being like his dad.

Skydog Comics/Red Giant Entertainment, LLC

http://www.roboyred.com

CREATORS/WRITERS/ARTISTS: Rich Faber & John Gallagher
ADDITIONAL ART/COLORS/LETTERS: Thom Zahler & Nestor Zerpa

This GN, maybe double the average digest size, follows the adventures of Roboy Red, a robot made in the image of a cartoon character by the character’s creator for his amusement park. When the man dies and the park’s new owner wants to take the robot apart to make new robots based on his technology, the boy robot flees with his co-creator and the old man’s granddaughter where they supposedly have adventures on the run.

The problem, at least in this graphic novel as I haven’t read the online comic if there is one, is that they don’t really do anything with that. Plus there’s a sharp transition. In the first two parts we see the origin of Roboy Red, including one of the “cartoons” he’s based on. Then in the next story we’re suddenly told Dr. Ely Gamsu, the creator of both the robot and the cartoon character, dies and now Roboy is on the run in a blurb that has our hero battling one of his allegedly constant foes outside the carnival while some girl complains to her brother about what a fan boy he is. I think that was meant to be a funny story but I just wanted to tape the little girl’s mouth shut. I don’t think that’s quite the reaction they had in mind.

Then we get a bit more about the new backstory before our heroes go trick-or-treating…on the run? The final story has them attending a movie on the run but end up being attacked by more minions. Frankly there’s nothing that couldn’t have been done by keeping the doctor alive and maybe deal with a rival amusement park guy, since at least from these pages it doesn’t seem like world domination is the game plan. I would have actually liked to have seen them stick with the “cartoon” world rather than bring Roboy and one of his toon foes into the real world.

The last story in the book isn’t a Roboy Red story per say, since it’s about a superhero named Buzzboy going to rescue Roboy on the moon but hallucinating from lack of oxygen. Apparently he watched a lot of the cartoon spinoffs, because the Gilligan’s Island and Happy Days casts look more like their animated versions (as well as Don Knotts resembling his Scooby-Doo appearances, which leads to a neat Ron Howard joke). That was really the only enjoyment I got out of the short story; nostalgia. That’s not really true, as I do like that at the back of the book is some behind-the-scenes at making a comic that kids could not only follow but emulate. Have to get the new generation started early, you know. :)

I’m not saying it’s a bad story, The individual stories are well written and drawn, and even though it’s targeted to the younger end of the all-ages spectrum it isn’t unreadable to older audiences, if you are a fan of Big Guy & Rusty or Astroboy. It just didn’t grab me personally, but you might want to at least give it a look for kids.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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