"Wrapped Up #9" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Lion Forge Comics
Written by Dave Scheidt
Illustrated by Scoot McMahon
Colored by Sean Dove
Backup Story Illustrated by Aaron Pittman
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 18th, 2018
Milo the Mummy has another friend and an age-appropriate one at that. His next door neighbor and presumed best friend, Wiz, cannot believe this. In retaliation, he befriends Milo's dad, someone his own age, and head out for a guy's night. Can the bathrobe-clad wizard hang with the balding, mustachioed father?
Wrapped Up's humor is absurd and hilarious. Writer Dave Scheidt keeps the story moving at such a fast pace, hitting you with joke after joke in a relentless barrage of comedy. I love how quickly things escalate. This flows like a good episode of The Simpsons, starting with a seemingly unrelated item and then spiraling out into a crazy plot.
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In this case, the plot deals with the bizarre combination of Wiz and Milo's dad, doing grown-up stuff like shaving and mowing the lawn. Since Wiz is basically a man-child with magic powers, he quickly grows tired of this and tries to find some shortcuts. This inadvertently creates giant bugs and a talking race car lawnmower. Remember how I said this was absurd?
Artist Scoot McMahon's artwork matches up to the humor perfectly. Wiz's crazed bug eyes give you an idea of what to expect from the man. The giant bugs are creepy, but not overtly terrifying. This is an all-ages book, after all. I particularly like how cool Milo's dad tries to act. He puts on this suave expression and pops his collar like he's the popular kid at school, but he still looks ridiculous.
Wiz is quickly becoming my favorite character of Wrapped Up. He is absolutely insane and more than a little filthy. I mean, the guy walks around in a bathrobe all day long. You can practically feel the dirt and grime that's covering him. He's like a homeless, crazy version of Dumbledore.
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Sean Dove's colors present a bright, vibrant landscape, even during the nighttime scenes. This is not a dark and gloomy book. It deals with monsters and mummies, but nothing is lurking in the shadows. Instead, everything is presented clearly and with a robust palette that exudes fun.
The backup story, “Visitors” written by Scheidt and illustrated by Aaron Pittman is just as much fun. It centers on Wiz, giving us a look at his home life and his family. While Pittman's artwork is solid, it's a little too realistic for this. Where Wiz looks silly and cartoony in the main story, he looks sad in the backup tale.
Wrapped Up is hands down one of the most fun comics on the stands today. The inclusion of monsters is an added benefit. The jokes work for kids and adults, so it's definitely something you can read with your children and not be bored out of your mind with. It's hilarious and gorgeous. Just read it and enjoy.