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"The Lollipop Kids #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics

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Written by Adam Glass & Aidan Glass
Illustrated by Diego Yapur
Colored by DC Alonso
Lettered by Sal Cipriano
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 27th, 2019

Review:

Nick went out to look for his big sister, Mia and found out he's a legacy member of a group of pint-sized monster hunters called the Lollipop Kids. He's just wrapping his head around this when they're attacked by Morgan Le Fey, who has held a grudge against Nick and Mia's family for ages. She's not alone either as she's managed to gather a few other monsters to join her crusade and leave a trail of bodies behind her.

There's a definite '80s vibe to Lollipop Kids, with the idea that a perfectly normal kid like Nick can suddenly be seen as a chosen one of sorts, similar to some classic movies of that decade, like The Last Starfighter. We've spent a good amount of time establishing the rules of this world and this group so now the series is really hitting its stride as we're meeting the bad guys.

This is amplified by Diego Yapur's artwork. He captures the youthful innocence of Nick and to a lesser extent, Mia, which contrasts well with Morgan Le Fey's cool, yet deadly demeanor. It's very clear that these are children fighting all kinds of monsters in this book. They may look young and helpless, however they're anything but. They're wielding some impressive attacks with magical items and assorted weapons which makes for some great action sequences.

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The calm of the night is interrupted by this battle in Central Park. The magical energy explodes off the page in bright lights. Colorist DC Alonso adds some extra emphasis on these moves, drawing the eye and making the kids look almost saint-like at times as they work to vanquish these dark and mysterious creatures.

An interesting twist with Lollipop Kids comes in how they're all...well...kids. Due to a curse placed on the very first group, once they reach the age of 18, they forget their adventures fighting monsters. Morgan Le Fey doesn't play by those rules though, so she knows more than Nick and Mia, making her doubly dangerous. Suddenly the children are put in a position to fight not only for their lives, but those of their parents.

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While Morgan Le Fey looks pretty intimidating, she comes on like your typical super villain, jumping on the scene and immediately starting a monologue. As mentioned above, we've gone over a lot of information about this world so far and it's mostly come through fine. Morgan's speech is a bit of a history lesson, taking some of the momentum out of her amazing entrance. Writers Adam and Aidan Glass definitely establish some great ideas here. It's just that it can be a bit exposition-heavy to get through them all.

For the most part, Morgan Le Fey is calm and collected, but she does lash out from time to time. Letterer Sal Cipriano makes these moments pop with some big, bold letters that break out of the traditional word balloons. These are times where she loses control and it shows.

Lollipop Kids mixes a number of supernatural elements from myths and folklore into a modern day setting, all through the eyes of children. It's like Monster Squad meets The Last Starfighter. Judging by the end of this issue, there's a lot more in store for us.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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