Family Comic Friday: Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 (Review)
Journey back to a land full of surreal wonders in this week’s Family Comic Friday as we review Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1.
Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1
Written by: Birdie Willis
Art by: Rowan MacColl
Published by: Boom! Studios/Kaboom
Fans of Cartoon Network’s 2014 miniseries Over the Garden Wall will be thrilled when they make their next trip to their favorite comic book store. Brothers Wirt and Greg are back, along with their companion Beatrice, in an untold adventure set in the land of the Unknown.
The brothers stumble upon what they think is a ghost town. It’s only residents are a trio of sisters who run the local theatre. Missing their two leading roles, Wirt and Greg audition for the show much to Beatrice’s warnings. Is this a simple musical in need of a helping hand? Or is there a sinister secret behind the actions of the sisters three?
Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies was a very surreal read. Wirt and Greg have great comedic timing. Like the Marx Brothers before them, the brothers conversations are often in two different directions with hilarious results.
I also liked the eerie nature of the story. It was spooky without being horrifying or gory. I’m very interested to know what happens in issue #2.
One thing I didn’t like was the singing. I guess with a name like ‘Soulful Symphonies’, I should have expected singing. Trying to understand the pace and tempo of a song without any music is really difficult for me. If you have very little musical inclinations, you probably feel the same way. I understand that music played a big role in the animated miniseries. But in my opinion, music doesn’t translate very well in comic books.
The art looks a little primitive. The brothers’ faces look like a grade schooler drew it with simple circles for eyes and triangles for the nose. However, the artwork of this comic is nearly a flawless representation by artist Rowan MacColl of that from the miniseries.
If you are looking for a humorous read that is full of unexpected twists mixed in with a healthy dose of chills, the young readers in your life are going to enjoy Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies. Further issues do promise to up the scare factor a little bit. Most sources cite that the Over the Garden Wall miniseries is for ages 10 and up. So, parents of younger comics readers may want to hold off on this Boom! Studios publication for a little while.
Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 was published in print and digital formats on August 7th, 2019.
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A surreal comedy filled with a spooky vibe.