The first issue of Boom Studios new Rocky and Bullwinkle comic is fun, if not quite as madcap and zany as I would have hoped. In the style of the television show, the two parts of Rocky and Bullwinkle‘s main story (involving Bullwinkle’s accidentally acquiring psychic powers, and Boris and Natasha playing fake psychics) are interrupted by a short Dudley Do-Right adventure involving Snidley Whiplash‘s plan to increase Dudley Do-Right‘s attractiveness to Nell allowing the villain freedom to commit his crimes in peace.
In both the main story and the Dudley Do-Right interlude the villains are defeated by their own actions as Boris and Natasha are unable to keep up their fraud (or kill moose and squirrel), and the horse pheromones Whiplash sprays Dudley lead not only to the villain being captured by the Mountie but also chased down by stampeding mares.
As a fan of the show, and the variant cover by Stephanie Buscema, I’m glad I picked up this okay first issue, but I’m not sure how long I’ll stay with the title. For fans.