Tuesday, June 4, 2024

#IReadsYou Review: LILO & STITCH #1


STORY: Greg Pak
ART: Giulia Giacomino
COLORS: Giulia Giacomino
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Joshua Middleton
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: David Nakayama; Jennifer Meyer; Craig Rousseau; Joshua Middleton
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2024)

Rated “All Ages”

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated science fiction and action-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.  The film's story revolves around an orphaned Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai, and an extraterrestrial creature, “Experiment 626.”  Lilo adopts the alien as her “dog” and renames him “Stitch.”  After some trials and tribulations, the two bond, and Stitch uses his powers to keep his “ohana” or extended family (which includes Lilo's older sister, Nani), together.

Dynamite Entertainment has been producing licensed comic books based on Disney characters and IP for over a year.  The latest is Lilo & Stitch Volume 1.  It is written by Greg Pak; drawn and colored by Giulia Giacomino; and lettered Jeff Eckleberry.  The series continues the adventures of the title characters as they face new alien threats.

Lilo & Stitch Volume 1 #1 opens on Planet Turo at the Galaxy Defense Industries Sub-Facility 12B, which is in the midst of a break-in.  It seems that someone is searching for the records of Dr. Jumba Jookiba and his “Experiment 626,” which was designed to break everything it touches.

Meanwhile, on Earth, specifically the island of Kaua'i, Hawaii, Lilo, Stitch, Dr. Jumba, and alien Agent Pleakley are enjoying some fun as only they can.  Their activities lead to words of wisdom from Nani and her boyfriend, David Kawena.  It's all about “ohana” (family) and “kuleana” (responsibilities).  The family time, however, is interrupted by the arrival of robots in service of the “Cluster Sovereign.”  They want Stitch, but can they find him after he finds the perfect place in which to blend?

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  Lilo & Stitch Volume 1, Issue #1 is the latest, and is also the first Lilo & Stitch comic book that I have read.

It's been almost two decades since I last saw the film, Lilo & Stitch.  I don't remember much about it, other than a few characters and that I really liked it.  I'm curious about the upcoming live-action version of Lilo & Stitch being produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

This Lilo & Stitch comic book is nice, but it isn't directed at my demographic.  This is a children's comic book, and that's a good thing.  Writer Greg Pak has fashioned a gentle adventure that promises to pick up the pace in the second issue.  I have to admit to being curious about what comes next.  Artist Giulia Giacomino captures the Disney animated aesthetic with her illustrations and colors, and it is also kids' comics friendly.

So, if Lilo & Stitch is your thing, Lilo & Stitch Volume 1 #1 is worth a buy, especially if you want to give it to a young reader.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Dynamite Entertainment's Disney comic book series will want to read Lilo & Stitch Volume 1.

★★★ out of 4 stars

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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