Cars #5 (Ongoing) (Boom Kids! – Porter / Gladfelter)
Lightning McQueen is going all out to win the Route 66 Dash, a cross country, Cannonball Run-style race! But with his partner, Mater, slowing him down, how can he hope to best Chick Hicks and his partner, the Drift King?
This week, part two of The “Route 66 Dash” story arc comes out. All of the Cars characters have paired up and are racing each other cross-country, while trying to to outsmart Chick and Bubba and staying ahead of the local law enforcement in a very “Dukes of Hazzard”-like style!
After reading these issues and taking in the plot and style, it is hard to imagine that writer Alan Porter and artist Allen Gladfelter were not trying to trigger long-lost memories, at least for those of us over 35, of Hanna-Barbera’s classic show The Wacky Races.
Riding the nostalgia train, it’s not a hard conjunction to say that Porter writes a perfect interpretation of what could be a pretty decent Saturday morning cartoon from the early 80’s. Devious villains (who aren’t really that evil) side tracking the good guys with goofy traps in their quest to win the cup… anyone else remember the Laff-O-Lympics?
This book, while lacking the relationships and emotional depth of the Pixar film, is still fun a good fit for the target audience, early elementary school. Both the straight-forward writing and chunky art seem to emphasize this goal.
This comes to your local independently-owned Comic shop this Wednesday!
Issue grade: B (for the kids… if you are a kidless, adult-ish Cars fan – you may want to pass)