Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Skylanders: The Kaos Trap by Ron Marz and Mike Bowden - Ashley's Review

*I received this comic as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/IDW Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Skylanders: The Kaos Trap
Contributors: Ron Marz and Mike Bowden
Publication Date: September 1, 2014

Synopsis: The #1 kids videogame and hottest-selling toy, Skylanders, is coming to your bookshelf in all-new comic book adventures!

Join fan-favorite characters Spyro, Stealth Elf, Trigger Happy, and more in these original, never-before-seen stories that tie directly into the videogames.


Review: So I know that the Skylanders video game was created with younger children in mind, but I'll confess that I loved the idea of the game and bought into it as soon as I could. We have most of the characters from the first game (Spyro's Adventures), and are always looking for the rest to complete our collection. Since then, there have been 3 new games, all complete with their own collection of characters and objects with their own special abilities and powers. As this can become an incredibly expensive game series, I haven't played any of the games since the first one. But I knew that I wanted to read the comic as soon as I saw that it existed!

This comic is pretty much what I expected it was going to be. It's cute and fun and exciting, and it brings all of the characters (or at least a good majority of them) into a different medium.I think Kaos is a hilarious villain, because he's just so bad at being bad. And he's just all around funny looking, so it was really fun to see him in this capacity.

I also enjoyed reading about the Skylanders and their new school and all of the little baby Skylanders - Weereuptor is so cute! I recognized most of the characters from the first game, but there were also new characters that made me interested in the newer games. Not enough to go buy them, of course, but I'm still interested in learning more about them! 

I would definitely recommend this comic to anyone who has played any of the Skylanders games, and especially to any kids who are as obsessed with this game as I am! I think it would make the most sense if you've played the Trap Team game, but any knowledge of the Skylanders is good enough to enjoy this fun little story. The artwork is cute, the story is feel-good and exciting, and I thought it fun to see the characters in a new setting. I'd give this a 3/5 because I think it's a little young for me, but still good for kids just getting into comics! 


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