REVIEW: The Adventures of Mac & Trouble #1

The Adventures of Mac & Trouble #1
Written by: Rusty Gilligan & Phil Bledsoe
Art by: Dan Gorman, Terry Paulet & Michael Grassia
Letters by: E.T. Dollman, Magnus & Arthur Gibson
Published by: What The Flux Comics
Review: The Adventures of Mac & Trouble are based on the real life pet cats of co-writer and creator Rusty Gilligan. Gilligan is Irish through and through with his father being Irish and his mother’s family all Irish. Gilligan himself was born in New York in 1965 and is a guy who has dabbled in everything, including being former Heavyweight Wrestling Champion of the USWA and CWL on the indy circuit in the late 1980s and a young TV actor in the seventies. These days his passion is comics and this represents a real zeal for him.
Mac & Trouble comes across a light-hearted mix of a Looney Tunes cartoon mixed with a bit of Alice in Wonderland and all comedy. Two house cats named Mac & Trouble find themselves sucked down a wormhole hidden in the kitty box and in so doing the discover that they have taken on humanistic traits not too dissimilar to cartoon cats from your youth. They go on an adventure where they find out they can dimension hop where they come to the realisation that they don’t particularly want to return to just being house cats. A large stand out point of the book is that the writing is fair sharp and the script has a wit that for the large part is a hit. It tries mostly successfully to translate the mayhem of a short cartoon to a comic and it is in no small part to a smooth flow to the story and a good eye for dialogue (not limited to the numerous pop culture references) from the writers of the main tale, Gilligan and Phil Bledsoe.
The art by Dan Gorman on the main story got a little too sketchy at times which withdrew me from the story somewhat but he manages to convey the real kinetic energy of the script quite well overall. He seemed at his best in scenes where he was able to let loose with some screwball action scenes and played his part in making me laugh with some good panel placements and scenarios.
The reader is treated a few tales in all in the 44 pages which if truth be told represents great value for money. A familiar name pops up on letters on the story ‘Never Say No To Trouble” in Magnus who was letterer on Darrin O’Toole’s Tales From The Void from last September. This book is well worth picking up as it is a comic that can be enjoyed by just about anyone and when a book is created by someone with a passion as Gilligan , in this case, it works out wonderfully.
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