The Incredibles movie adaptation #4
Dark Horse Comics (February, 2005)
SCREENPLAY: Brad Bird
PENCILER: Ricardo Curtis
INKER: Ramon Perez
COLORIST: Dan Jackson
COVER COLORIST: Kate Moo King-Curtis
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Katie Moody
EDITOR: Dave Land
DESIGNER: David Nestelle
Mirage helps the Incredibles escape after they’re captured by Syndrome, who goes into the city to enact his Ozymandias style fake attack. However, it all goes wrong when the Omnidroid damages the remote and the Incredibles, joined by Frozone, end up saving the day. As revenge, Syndrome goes to kidnap Jack-Jack, who ends up having numerous superpowers giving him a taste of what his babysitter was just going through. (I recommend the included short on the DVD.) Syndrome is seemingly killed and the Parrs begin the next phase of their lives, which may include being a family of superheroes.
What they got right: Mr. Incredible’s story arc comes to a strong conclusion. The fights are pretty good for being so shortened.
What they got wrong: However, the phone messages with Jack-Jack’s powers developing and the babysitter freaking out loses the comedic impact being cut down to one message and then Syndrome’s arrival. And the cape is once again the problem, as Bird uses his apparent dislike of them to be Syndrome’s downfall. I will give him points for foreshadowing this with Edna’s rant but it’s still a slam on capes.
Recommendation: The Incredibles isn’t my favorite Pixar movie (it’s Up), but it is one of my favorite movies. I highly recommend seeing it. The comic adaptation is worth a look as a replacement or in coordination with the Boom Studios original tales (all of which I’ve already reviewed when they came out in 2009 and 2010) if that’s your thing like it is mine. I never insist a sequel be better than the first movie, but I hope it is good.