Saturday, January 6, 2018

Archie Comics' COSMO Comic Book Series Launches With New Space Adventures!

As mentioned earlier this week, Archie Comics' new ongoing COSMO comic book series (featuring an updated version of the 1950s space adventure series COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN). I sat down to read the first issue of the new COSMO book Thursday evening -- and I actually thought it was a lot of fun!

Let's get this out of the way. This isn't your grandfather's Cosmo the Merry Martian. The Cosmo looks somewhat different. His mission is somewhat different. And his friends are somewhat different. Plus, these adventures are not tied in with any previous adventures associated with Cosmo the Merry Martian. Not exactly, anyway...

Here's the gist: Cosmo leads a team of Martian adventurers on a spaceship called the UFO (Not "U.F.O.," but "You-Foh.") His crew consists of UFO's navigator Astra (who's very possessive of the ship's cockpit), UFO's science officer Medulla (who's a nerdy scientist who cannot be bothered watch where she's walking when focused on her research tools), UFO's junior officer Orbi (who doesn't seem to have a purpose on the crew), and JoJo (Orbi's space-dog).

Medulla, Orbi, Cosmo, JoJo, Astra
COSMO #1 begins with the UFO discovering a damaged shuttle from Earth. It's piloted by a bumbling astronaut Max Strongjaw. They tow Max onto the UFO and, after a bit of shower-time bonding between the two captains, Max joins the crew -- at least long enough to get transported back home to Earth.

They take a pit stop on some abandoned Martian theme park that's located on the dark side of the Earth's Moon. We're not quite sure what's happening on the moon, just that there was some sort of distress call. They soon find themselves in dire circumstances due to a pack of feral Moonlings!

Not only do we get to meet the Moonlings in COSMO #1 (you'll have to read the book to see them in all their glory), but also get to meet one sane Moonling named Oog Gullywhumpus -- who appears to be an amalgamated update of the old Gillywump character and the Moonlings (Jon's Note: You can read more about them here).

I really hope that people pick up this title. It's definitely family-friendly and the artwork is crisp and clear. The characters are fun and their interactions are humorous. It's a great option for fans of Archie Comics who miss the company's SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN comic book series and who dislike the company's more adult oriented horror titles.

COSMO #1 features writing by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley, lettering by Jack Morelli, and coloring by Matt Herms.

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