NEW IN COMIC SHOPS this week is Mighty Mouse #1, marking the long-awaited return of a Golden-Age superhero who hasn’t been seen or heard from since 1990! And judging by the outstanding quality of this first issue, Mighty Mouse should have no trouble gathering a whole new generation of fans.
A little background: Created in 1942 by cartoonist Paul Terry, Mighty Mouse (originally called Super Mouse) was conceived for the screen as a sort of cartoon parody of Superman. The character was an instant hit, appearing in about 80 theatrical shorts which later made their way to television and turned Mighty Mouse into a household name. He also appeared in comics throughout the 1940s and ’50s, and several print and animated revivals were attempted in later years, including a short run in Marvel that began and ended 27 years ago. Since then, however, the character has been largely lost to history.
In issue #1, writer Sholly Fisch (DC’s Trinity) wastes no time in establishing that our cynical world is starved for the kind of old-school positivity and good character Mighty Mouse represents. Our main character is named Joey. He’s a nice kid who draws comics and watches vintage cartoons as a way of escaping the bullying, cruelty, and injustice he’s forced to contend with every day. He’s a big fan of Mighty Mouse, and even draws comics wherein he and his diminutive hero, who he thinks of as his best friend, team-up against evil. So when a strange twist of fate magically draws Mighty Mouse out of a cartoon show and into Joey’s reality, the stage is set for adventure.
Longtime fans will be happy to know that although the story is set in the modern world, this is very much the Mighty Mouse of yesteryear. Even Pearl Pureheart and Mighty Mouse’s arch nemesis, Oil Can Harry, are included. The book treads a perfect line between eras—both thematically and visually—and when Mighty Mouse arrives in our era you can’t help but feel uplifted. Upon reading this issue, in fact, the first thing that popped into my head was a scene from the first Avengers movie, when Agent Coulson tells Captain America that, in light of all that’s happening in the world, “people might just need a little old-fashioned.”
Mighty Mouse delivers old-fashioned, and a whole lot more. And if it seems like I’m gushing…well, I am, because the world could really use some Mighty Mouse right now.
So, if you’re an old fan, or you know a kid who’s poised to become a new fan, run out and grab this book ASAP. It’s a smashing debut that promises exciting things to come.
MIGHTY MOUSE #1
Pub. June 7, 2017 (print and digital)
Color; 30 pages; Age Rating: 12+
Writer: Sholly Fisch; Art: Igor Lima
Color: Pete Pantazis; Lettering: Tom Napolitano
Cover A: Alex Ross; Editor: Anthony Marques