Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1 Review

by @thejedster on Jan 16, 2014

Seek and you shall find...a Disney comic with potential to be good.

The Good

For a title that has the word “Disney” in it, it doesn’t look or feel too much like a Disney story...and that’s not a bad thing! Karl Moline’s art style is fantastic and Rick Magyar’s pastel coloring is both vibrant and moody at the same time. It reminds me a lot of Matt Hollingsworth’s colors in “The Wake”. The character and creature designs are excellent and I really enjoyed the two-page spread of the Museum of the Weird. You get a sense of how big and strange this story is (hopefully) aiming to be. Also, how awesome is Mike Del Mundo's cover for this issue?! If anything, buy this issue for the cover alone.

I did also like how quickly you’re thrown into the action: it's frantic, chaotic and pretty exciting. It's what I like in an adventure story. There are a couple problems with that but I’ll talk about that in the following section. I likewise enjoyed the dialogue between Maxwell and Melody: they both play off each other well and their contrasting personalities make their sibling banter feel authentic.

The Not So Good

Granted this is just the first issue, but I was a bit disappointed that there isn’t much explanation of what’s inside the museum. Maxwell and Melody just sort of step in and already things go awry without really giving me any explanation of some of the museum exhibits. The action starts off quickly and some of it happens so fast that you’re not given enough time to breathe as a reader. I wanted to know what exactly is the Museum of the Weird, but I didn’t really learn much at all.

Also, we’re not given much context about who exactly Max and Melody’s parents are as well as who Uncle Roland is. They sort of just appear for a little and then they're gone really fast. But again, this is only the first issue. And I’m hoping we find out more in issue two.

The Bottom Line

I definitely enjoyed reading through this first issue of Seekers. There’s a lot of questions raised and might move a bit too quickly, but there's potential for a great story here even though this is a limited series. It has very strong artwork and colors that help it break from a traditional “Disney” look that one might expect. I’m definitely going to see this limited series to the end.

3.5 / 5
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Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1
Released January 15, 2014
Writer Brandon Seifert
Artist Karl Moline
Cover Artist Mike Del Mundo

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