Writer: Sholly Fisch

Artist: Jason Crosby

Colorist: Jason Crosby

what’s it about?

For the first time ever, the “heavyweights of gross” have combined forces in a massive merchandising blitz that pits the Madballs against the Garbage Pail Kids-winner take all! As part of this blitz, Dynamite presents the comic book crossover of these iconic 1980s brands!

For over three decades, Madballs and GPK have both been known as the “grossest of the gross,” co-ruling counterculture with their pun-heavy names and subversive humor. This allnew limited series event presents the first time these two delightfully crude forces have ever crossed paths!

MADBALLS VS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS #1

The Good

I picked up a lot of mature content comic books lately and, although they are extremely enjoyable, nothing beats turning off the ol’ brain and enjoying a gross out crossover involving two of my favorite toy lines from the 1980s. I’m happy to see that Dynamite and other companies have not forgotten that children are the future of this industry. It’s great to read a comic book adaptation of a true life crime story but most children are not interested in those stories.

Now a book with at least three stories, all of which are fun and gross, filled with corny puns and potty humor is exactly what a young child would love to read. I can imagine reading a book like this in school and being sent straight to the principal’s office for it. At east I’d have something to read in detention. The art is disgusting. The characters are disturbing. The jokes are plentiful. The book is enjoyable.

MADBALLS VS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS #1

The Bad

I’m not sure if even the most immature child would be able to take a whole series of these books. I can see putting out one large comic featuring several stories but don’t see myself or anyone else picking up a continued series of these comics that serve as a commercial for the new crossover toy line. Don’t get me wrong, the toy line is beautiful (and gross at the same time) but I’m not sure if the intended audience of nostalgia addicted adults with adult money is where Dynamite needs to go with this. It’s a fun book, as I mentioned, but it exists largely due to a very thin premise; gross kids vs gross baseballs.

MADBALLS VS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS #1
VERDICT: 7.0

About the Author: Tom Tormey

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