This week has seen the launch of no less than four new comics / comics magazines in UK newsagents! I reviewed Thunderbirds Are Go the other day, and The Flash yesterday, and there's also a new Transformers comic out (which I haven't bought but Down the Tubes has it covered here). There's also Cartoon Network Magazine No.1 from Panini.
I never see Cartoon Network because a) it's not on Freeview, and b) I'm a 56 year old man. Therefore I was completely unfamiliar with the characters in the mag. However, I thought I'd give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised to find the contents are actually funny!
The 36 page magazine has two strips; an 8 page Gumball Halloween strip and a two page Uncle Grandpa strip. I suspect they may be U.S. reprint although I hear there may be new material in upcoming issues. There's also a third strip, taking up two pages, which is incomplete and readers are invited to add their own characters to it.
There are also a number of features and activity pages of course, but they're very funny and in places self mocking. (Eg: "Are you aware of the rules of the game 'pooper sneakers'? YES or NO? Please note, this game does not actually exist".)
There's a fun free gift in the form of plastic 'Spy Spex' with huge wing mirrors attached. ("Hint: Sit in front of the lass cutie, not a wall".)
I don't have kids but if I did, I'd definitely buy this mag for them. Even though those hypothetical kids would be about 30 years old now.
Cartoon Network Magazine No.1, out now, £3.99.