Sonic the Hedgehog Disney Lumberjanes All-Ages or Small-Ages?
Ribeiro has shrewdly extracted the aspects of the pre-existing continuity that you're most likely to recognise. For example, the story affectionately titled “Web Head” features an enthusiastic brown haired boy taking on a group of young bullies, all as an attempt to save a passing redhead that he’s fallen for. Not content to stop there, artist Vitor Cafaggi brings in some phenomenal design work to take some of those iconic Spider-villains and scale them down to a believable, but instantly recognisable, plainclothes costume design. Anyone with a working knowledge of the characters in the Marvel universe will be able to look at this series and find reference after reference; it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
As previously mentioned, the art team changes for each chapter of the book. While some are moreso than others, there’s a deliberate simplistic and, entirely positively inclined, childish feel to a lot of the artwork. Emotions are exaggerated and entire scenes pop with a brightness and vitality that you might expect from an all-ages book. As would be expected, here it has the effect of putting you firmly in the mindset of viewing the situation from a child’s perspective. With a limited knowledge of how to process the world, they only see the things most relevant to them. All of this gels to create an overall stylisation that corresponds perfectly with the story itself.
While there’s a certain commitment to the original material to consider, the decision to push as much diversity and relateability into the stories as possible is laudable. While all of the characters are stripped down to victims of some form of bullying, I want to draw particular focus to the Iron Man analogue. The character is framed as a disabled child that transforms his crutches and leg supports into a basis for his armour; if this doesn’t sound unquestionably heartwarming then I honestly think that you might be part-robot.
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