Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters #1 (Dynamite Entertainment / Champagne / Nguyen)
“In 1977, NASA inexplicably sent four hamsters into space to investigate a strange mass of radioactive gelatin that was hovering over the Earth. Due to exposure from the radioactive mass, the four hamsters quickly changed, evolving into something NEW. Something ADOLESCENT. Something RADIOACTIVE. Crash landing in the Himalayas, the Hamsters were found by a hidden monastery of monks who nursed them back to health, training the group in the martial arts. And now they’re back and Dynamite’s got them! Under the watchful eye of original series creator Don Chin, writer Keith Champagne (Countdown: Arena) is joined by artist Tom Nguyen for a comic book series unlike any the world has ever seen! Ninjas! Barbarians! Huns! Monks! Hamsters! This one’s got it all! Look for the special Hamsters alternate cover by Michael Avon (Mice Templar) Oeming! “
My other disappointment for the week. I was so looking forward to this being the fun book I remember, but instead I got a rehashing of jokes from ten-years past and closing act that is so unremarkable that I found myself laughing at how bad it was. Writer Keith Champagne must have some plan because the book ends, abruptly, with a cliffhanger that has to be resolved in the opening of the next issue. I’m hoping the story and dialog will improve. The art is…meh. I’ve always enjoyed the work of Tom Nguyen, but the hamsters seem two dimensional and flat.
Over all it seems like writer and artist just phoned this one in.