“If a cover with a teddy bear doing his best James Bond impersonation (with a suction cup gun, glass of water (shaken, not stirred), and Oreos piled like poker chips) doesn’t grab your attention at the comic shop, nothing will.

“And so, with that, Mr. Stuffins started off on the right foot immediately.

“…this book executes it well. The kid’s fractured home life doesn’t feel even a fraction as heavy handed as you’d normally see in a film of this sort of thing… there’s entertainment and laughs to be had.

“As you can guess, the two most important characters are the kid and the bear. Both are written with distinct personalities. The bear starts off strong with his military style and certain fish-out-of-water bits. The kid takes a little while to get a handle on. He seems to be a little more mature for his age than you’d expect. Kids going through what is happening with his parents tend to. On top of that, he seems to be a bit of a sponge, as evidenced by his parroting his dad’s answer about whether he’s going through a divorce or not.

“The art here is solid. I really think the colors make it work here. In many spots, the level of detail is a bit on the minimalist side, until the color is laid in. I find more and more artists tend to have faith in the colorist to provide the depth and shade without the penciler having to take matters into their own hands. It really pays off with Lee and Pablo here.

“…a damn entertaining read”

April 16, 2007