Graphic Novel Review: Imagine Agents by Brian Joines
Published December 9th 2014 by Boom! Studios
Summary: Imaginary friends are real – and quite a pest sometimes. When a figment acts up, the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. agents come to clean up the mess. Six year old Elliot and his best friend Furdlgurr get wrapped up in a wayward figment master plan, and it’s up to the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. agents to save them.
What I liked:
- This is so cute! I love the drawings of the figments, and the contrast between the fantasy-like figments and the stark agents
- The feel reminds me very much of Men in Black, and I love Men in Black
- Can I get three cheers for useful female characters? There are still plenty of miles to cover in the graphic novel genre for gender equality, and Imagine Agents show that you can have female characters that have actual agency within the plot without it having to draw away attention or lower credibility of the story.
- Well-rooted in pop and geek culture
- Eluded some sniggers from grumpy old me
What I didn’t like:
- Although this comic looks colourful and cuddly, it’s not appropriate for children because the language (although clean) is quite complicated
- Imagine Agents made fun of a lot of clichés, but didn’t manage to completely separate itself from them
Verdict: A super fun, sweet and exciting comic that I recommend to everyone that loves cuteness and Men in Black.
Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his 5-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400 pound muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper-tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in-line… Little do they know that six-year-old Elliot and his best bear-friend, Furdlgurr, are about to be entangled in a plan to change everything!