In Action Labs five short years in existence they shamelessly boast to be “making the best comics in any universe”. With alternative and eccentric titles like Zombie Tramp, Princeless, and Tomboy, one could easily argue their self proclamation might be true. In an attempt to shy away from the norm, Action Labs has historically provided a lot of satisfying titles and their newest series Cougar and Cub could contribute to that credit completely.
Cougar and Cub have succumbed to their basic urges and potentially compromised their mentor/mentee relationship, as we find Cub protecting his honor amidst his fellow sidekicks. unnerved, Cub flees the scene as the looming embarrassment of the prior night’s racy affair overcomes him as he seeks refuge from his antagonistic schoolmates. Meanwhile, Cougar deals with their secret liaison in a different fashion as she throws herself into her work. While our heroes are mentally negotiating their indiscretions, we learn that the Rogues are plotting to hit a local event. Armed with a new weapon, the Rogues could shake the very foundation that Cougar and Cub’s relationship is anchored, and may finally offer the villains a chance to overtake Megaville. As the malevolent voice in the chair prepares the Rogues for their impending battle only we know what tricks they may have up their sleeve to best Cougar and Cub.
Cougar and Cub is a clever nod to silver age comics, specifically the 1960’s Batman and Robin television show. The writer Rosie Knight and Nick Marino use a lot of onomatopoeia devices to express action as you would see in the old Batman and Robin TV show. The writers also use alliteration for the narrator’s dialogue, which will use the same letters to start each of the words, again an enjoyable, almost poetic throwback to the 1960’s Batman and Robin TV show. As this book seems to offer some nostalgia of 1960’s Superheroes, the art by Daniel Aruuda Massa provides a more modern touch, which is more reminiscent of the Adventure Time animated television series. This second issue slowed the story arch down some as issue #1 seemed to plow into and through the relationship between the two main characters. I am still intrigued to find out who the malevolent voice in the chair is, that seems to control the Rouges. Although this is a very sophomoric story, it is a tongue-in-cheek comedy meant to make you laugh and be lighthearted that is where this creative team succeeds. I give this issue 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars, I sincerely do want to find out who the malevolent voice is and I do believe that this title deserves a spot among Action Labs satisfying titles.
(W) Nick Marino, Rosie Knight (A/CA) Daniel Arruda Massa