Viper Comics and 1821 Comics team up to bring
your favorite mythical creatures Big Foot, Sasquatch, Skunk Ape and
the Yeti together as a comic book superhero team in Missing Linx.
Owen takes his two boys Luke and Zach on a
camping trip. As Owen tries to show his boys that camping can be fun
a giant, ferocious mythical cat appears. Fearing for their lives the
family is only saved by the intervention of the Missing Linx. The
Linxís comprised of leader Big Foot, muscle Sasquatch, brains Skunk
Ape and bravado Yeti easily deal with the creature, but soon realize
the trouble isnít over as the evil Dr. Bedfellow plots to take over
The story, by Dale Mettam, is a really fun and
light hearted adventure that would easily be at home in the Saturday
morning cartoon block. Itís the type of comic you can just pick up
and read easily without having to invest too much in the story. Also
the Missing Linx complement each other well due to their diverse
personalities creating a good group dynamic. I did find Sasquatch
and Big Foot to have more than a hint of the Hulk and Wolverine,
respectively, in their personalities and dialogue but then again
Mettam throws in a lot of pop culture references throughout the book
so itís probably intentional.
Viper seem to have a knack for picking stories
that are fun for both kids and adults to enjoy together and
Missing Linx is no exception. Thereís enough fantasy and comedy
to appease both audiences and the dialogue is clean yet fun. I found
Dr. Bedfellow to be particularly hilarious due to his unnatural
obsession with Titanic. As youíd expect thereís also a good
moral to the story for Owen and his two sons that would resonate
with a lot of parents reading this with their kids.
Once again the art style really compliments the
feel of the comic. The story is very cartoony and the art captures
that really well, particularly in the character designs and use of
bright colors, with an almost Hanna-Barbera feel to it. There are
also more monsters than you can shake a stick at meaning in the
abundant fight scenes the Missing Linx are always facing something
new. About the only issue some people might have is with the
onomatopoeia. I personally found it added to the cartoony feel of
the book, but it can be pretty in your face and over the top.
Missing Linx is
another quality all ages graphic novel from Viper. If you are a fan
of old school Saturday morning cartoons and mythical monsters then
Missing Linx is for you. Fun for the whole family.