Grand Adventure #1
Created by: Derek Jessome and Jeff Knott
FUN & FANTASY X 2! 2 YOUNG HEROES & 2 STORIES IN 1 FANTASTIC BOOK! THE MIGHTY LAZERBOY DOES FIERCE BATTLE WITH THE DIABOLICAL MAN-MONSTER, RO-BUSTO! –AND THE WILY WILD GIRL FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE WITH A HOSTILE STRANGER FROM SPACE!
You know, I think I got a little too introspective in last week’s review of Space Cowboy and the Triumphanteers, and it came off as more negative than I intended. Allow me to correct that with Grand Adventure #1. These books are great fun and a fantastic stepping stone into the world of comics for young readers. My biggest complaint about them is that they deserve more success than I think they’ll ever see.
This issue of Grand Adventures features two unrelated stories, each one following a different hero. The adventures are not overly violent, and are not too complicated at all. The stories are almost like the old morality tales, just simple heroes and wicked villains doing battle over helpless communities. They are both just a quick, fun read you can smile about for a few minutes. Like a favorite snack, they are with you for a little while, and leave you happier than you were without them. These days, I treasure that.
And the heroes are good role models for kids to read. No troubled anti-heroes. No war for the sake of peace. Not even any grey area, really. Just pure fun and good versus evil. Again, just like the Saturday morning cartoons I grew up loving. Again, something I thought lost that I welcome back in to my world.
Right now, these comics are available for free from the Grandway Comics online store, and when that ends, they’re dirt cheap at normal price. There is simply no reason not to buy them, and enjoy them, and support the making of more just like them. They are not perfect, but they are wonderful, and right now especially, they are something the world needs more of.
Old School Goodness for All Ages
Easy to read, fun to follow, and as comfortable to me as new episodes of old Saturday morning cartoons, Grandway Comics' Grand Adventure is a great example of what got many hooked on comics in the first place. Not quite perfect, and still feeling like its from a bygone era, but a great read, for either new fans or nostalgic old timers.