While almost every review is just a subjective opinion, a comedy movie or book is a very subjective thing. What one person finds funny you might not and vice versa. Now I’m a fan of dark comedy and if you are too this is a pretty good book, but with one glaring issue (For me.)
The Great Lakes Avengers are a joke team, consisting of around 6 people who all have almost useless powers. The team’s main roster includes greats like Doorman, Flatman, Dinah Soar, Big Bertha, and Mr. Immortal. In this series, the GLA face off against Maelstrom, a big name Avengers villain. Dinah is killed in their first encounter, sending Mr. Immortal into depression. Flatman and Doorman take it upon themselves to recruit new members, while Bertha has some modeling gig to worry about. There’s something that I just love about how happy and cheerful Flatman and Doorman are in the face of rejection, nobody wants to join the GLA of course. And this is pretty solid comedy for about two issues, but now for that flaw I mentioned earlier.
Throughout every issue, there’s this ongoing meta commentary by Monkey Joe, some squirrel belonging to Squirrel Girl. It’s painfully unfunny, going for cheap jokes like how all comic writers and readers are losers. This squirrel also ruins otherwise funny jokes by over explaining them, when the wackiness is played seriously. Squirrel Girl herself isn’t better, just going on and on about squirrels and how she beat Doom once. Other than that, the book is really funny, with some actually deep and dramatic moments near the end.
Final Thoughts: I don’t know if Maelstrom is a big villain or not, I’m just going with what they said.
Rating: Full Price