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With Boom! Studios holding the comic book rights to all of Disney’s franchises, you may begin to wonder how things like Cars, Muppets, Uncle Scrooge and Wall-E turn out. How do you capture the magic of Pixar characters on the page? What stories do you tell that won’t bastardize the films?
For Wall-E you simply go back to before the movie started, back before Wall-E knew what to call himself. In the seventh issue the story arc, “Out There” comes to a conclusion. Wall-E and Andy, his first human visitor/friend, are on the hunt for a computer chip that will get Andy back in space.
In the meantime, they’re going to try to reach a ship that looks like it’s boarding the last of the populace. They race to the ship only to find it’s a hologram. Andy is frustrated but remains upbeat. A dust storm comes in blinding Andy, which give Wall-E the opportunity to take him back to his home. Once there he begins digging though his piles looking for the chip to fix his ship. Andy on the other hand is amazed by Wall-E’s collection and finds an old Polaroid camera. He takes a picture of himself and Wall-E proclaiming it a keeper.
Wall-E comes through and finds the chip that Andy needs to repair his ship and leave. The two head out and quickly repair Andy’s busted ship. Wall-E is relatively unsure as to what’s happening as Andy boards his rocket. Wall-E plays the recording of Andy one last time and brings tears to his eyes. Never the less Andy has a family to return to and must leave Wall-E behind. The issue ends with Wall-E staring up at Andy’s ship leaving, while he calls out his name.
Frankly this book is shockingly good. It may be a part of Boom’s kid line but this book is great for all ages. The story is genuinely deep in the emotional department. The reader can really feel and relate to Andy’s struggle to find his family. Bryce Carlson nails the feel and actions of the movie. Just like in the movie there’s no narration just simply Wall-E and his two tone sound effects, but it works amazingly well. If Andy leaving doesn’t pull on your heart strings then check your pulse you may be dying.
The art style is very interesting but no, it’s not straight from the movie. Morgan Luthi brings his a unique style to the art, but stays true to the look and design. Luthi has to do a lot of the work for the story considering the dialog is so minimal. For the most part it’s a silent issue, making Luthi’s art and storytelling the key focus.
This book is really wonderful. It captures the essence of Wall-E not only in the story but also the art. It’s a wonderful surprise to read a book and for it to have next to zero dialog and the story to still make 100% sense. But that’s what Wall-E does. You’re not bogged down with dialog trying to capture the magic, instead you’re presented with a comic that feels like it’s a part of the movie.
Story – 10.0
Plot – 10.0
Art – 9.5
Color – 9.5
Overall – 9.8
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