Sonic the Hedgehog Disney Lumberjanes All-Ages or Small-Ages?
This first volume is made up of three single issues which can each be broken down into at least two shorter stories. With a myriad of writers and artists contributing to this anthology series, as you would expect, there’s a range of quality to experience. Some stories explore the innate humour in cat logic, while others experiment with time travel. I’m going to say that again for anyone standing in the back: Grumpy Cat travels through time. There’s a lot of self-aware ridiculousness in this series that should come off as delightfully weird, but instead feels like throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. Each story lacks any sense of consequence, making them primarily suitable for a younger audience to experience.
Pokey is a character that hasn’t been as visually defined, so suffers from a lack of a consistent look. There are stories where he looks to be of a similar age and size to his older sister, as above, but there are others where he appears to be a kitten, as shown below. As a child, these aren’t details that you’re going to notice; you just recognise the black and white patches and dive right in. As an adult you’re trying to piece these varying versions together into a sequential timeline (perhaps that’s just my X-Men showing). My personal favourite depiction is him as a small, exaggerated kitten. It matches with his verbal diarrhea and allows his enthusiasm to truly bubble over into his wide eyes and excitable face.
It would take far too long to discuss the specifics of each of the individual stories in turn, so I’ll instead focus on the couple that drew my attention. One follows the feline duo dealing with their owner’s mobile phone and their struggle to understand it. Instead of anthropomorphising the cats, it approaches the story from the perspective of demonstrating what cat logic would look like if we could understand them. Their attempts to talk into the phone are heard as meows and even the way that Pokey carries the device is believable. I found this type of story far easier to get into because, even though the characters are given human speech bubbles, they’re still very much grounded in reality. Seeing them behave like real cats is more engaging for me; unfortunately, this kind of story was a rarity.
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