But Holmes hits far more than the book's humour. He is generally all over this comic, managing to fit his style in with the established Bravest Warriors show's aesthetic, while also injecting lots of his own self into these pages. His imagination seemingly runs wild from start to finish, presenting us with such gems as an alien race that looks like antropomorphized half-peeled bananas and popcorn-zookas (to name but a few). And let's not forget that cupcake fight. Oh, mercy. The result is this beautiful cartoony world where things appear to be perpetually dialed up to 11.
Kudos must also be given to Zack Sterling, the book's colourist. Bravest Warriors is colourful as heck, and Sterling's colour choices are impeccable, supporting whatever is going on on the page. The Bravest Warriors live in a colourful universe, and Sterling's work really emphasizes this fact. In the end, Holmes' pages with Sterling's colours are brimming with life and energy, which fits perfectly with the writing that Comeau is putting out there.
But Bravest Warriors isn't only hijinx and shenanigans. I mean, that's definitely a big part don't get me wrong, but Comeau also fits a lot of heart into this book, too. It's a little surprising at first how often these characters talk about their feelings, but it quickly becomes an integral part of the world's internal logic and consistency. Indeed, it's really a welcome addition, because while feelings and emotions are talked of in the same strange and flippant way that everything else is, there's also a real honesty in how these characters talk about them. It ends up adding a lot to the end product and makes the Bravest Warriors pretty decent role models for younger readers in a funny, roundabout way.
Like Boom!'s other Pendleton Ward adaptations, Bravest Warriors also has backup stories in every issue, with this round being provided by Ryan Pequin (of Three Word Phrase), and it's just as fun and irreverent as the main story. I never thought a game of lazer tag could be fun (let alone this fun), but Pequin proves me wrong with this 6-page romp.
Verdict - Must Read. The cupcake fight is worth the price of admission alone, but above and beyond that, Comeau and Holmes have a hit on their hands. This book is a brilliant combination of humour, fun, and whimsy that makes it a great time for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Bravest Warriors is sold out at the distributor level, so it might be hard to find yourself a copy, but if you can, you're in for a treat.