Thwip! Reviews – M.A.S.K. #1

Ah M.A.S.K. the cartoon that made me think that cars could fly if both the doors were open.

I was a stupid shit back then, obviously, cars need also a jet engine to help generate the right amount of lift.

Basic physics! Learn it!*

Anyways, it’s been a while since we even thought of M.A.S.K. (I think I have a random Marvel issue in my collection somewhere, but yeah it’s been years). So let’s read on!

This…was a weird a issue. It throws the reader into the deep-end, having Matt Trakker (who is black/Africa-American now! I can live with that) and M.A.S.K. being on the run, A-Team style.

(Oh, and also Optimus Prime conquered Earth…shit, I need to catch up with the Transformers comics!)

The issue is more about trying to punch up the adrenaline than it is about establishing the series or the story, which is a bit of a shame. This is because the plot points are are all rushed together, while at the same time there is *some* character development, but none of it gels correctly. It also doesn’t help that I have no idea what is really driving the team except for hiding from Miles Mayhem, why do they need Ore-13? Are the Transformers involved in someway? Do I care enough for the second issue?

I kind of wish Brandon Easton stayed more true to the old school cartoon than updating it so much…but mainly because this first issue didn’t work, so maybe it would be better to go back to a tried and true style.


Then we have Tony Vargas, whose artwork is a nice cartoon style, big and colorful (thanks to colorist, Jordi Escuin). It kind of is an updated version of the cartoon, which is something I can appreciate. Jordi Escuin is a good colorist, though he(?) does not know what an Indian looks like (or has spent way too much time watching Bollywood) ’cause female member (I have no idea what her name is) looks more Latina than Desi.

A single, lonely Thwip for this issue, a little disappointed at the end of it all.

*do not learn it from us, the only thing we are good at is the art of richochet, hence why we aren’t allowed on the set of Captain America…



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