written by Stefan Petrucha and Floyd Gottfredson
illustrated by Giorgio Cavazzano
Boom! Studios’ recent reboot of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Friends comic series is smart, fun, and completely true to the original character. This is a fantastic series for elementary-aged kids, being a series that is both fun and intelligent. Mickey Mouse and Friends speaks to kids in their language without talking down to them, a feat that is often difficult for a kids’ comic to do well.
300 Mickeys is full of fun and whimsy, while remaining adventurous enough to be attractive to younger male readers. This volume sees Mickey receiving a ray from the future that clones anything that it blasts. Eega Beeva, Mickey’s friend from the future, discovers a flaw in the ray…that anything duplicating will continue duplicating until it is unmade. But as Mickey has cloned himself, that means unmaking (or killing) cloned Mickeys…clones who have started thinking for themselves.
While this plotline does remain light and fun, some serious themes are still presented, namely the question of what constitutes life. A nonviolent solution is discovered quickly, but not before Mickey has had to contemplate destroying his own clones. The ability to present this complex of a theme to children, in their own language, is an accomplishment worthy of praise.
Also included in the volume are more standalone, light-hearted adventures. One deals with giant robots hidden in Mount Rushmore, while another is a gag-filled comedy featuring a futuristic car. The fact that these two storylines are lighter in theme than the 300 Mickeys tale does not detract from their value. These are comics that are meant to be fun, and fun is exactly what they are.
The art in 300 Mickeys is colorful and boisterous. The characters all seem true to their history, and enthusiasm seems to bleed from every page. The folks at Boom! Studios, who are behind Mickey Mouse and Friends: 300 Mickeys, definitely love Mickey Mouse and his friends.
This is a series that deserves to be noticed by kids, and is one that will appeal equally to boys and girls. It truly celebrates the traditional comic book format. The writing and art is fun, light, but still challenging. Parents and teachers alike should take notice of this series.