Though I hugely enjoyed the hugely entertaining crossover Madballs vs Garbage Pail Kids recently, I couldn’t say the same for Garbage Pail Kids: Origins #1.

Adam Bomb and the crew of accidentally created mutant misfits have become superheroes, of sorts – and set their sights on the evil, vampiric mutant Nasty Nick. Nick has unexpected backup, however – with someone very close to Adam being revealed as alive, well and on the side of the bad guys!

This continues to be a truly bizarre and baffling comic; the World War 2 setting makes little sense and the mutation element, not to mention each character’s given role, often feel extremely arbitrary.

It’s not funny either; you’d expect puns and gross out humour, but neither are particularly prevalent – it just feels like a silly superhero stand off for most of the issue.

It doesn’t even try to be funny, relying instead on the put-of-place characters to be humourous just by their presence (though a malfunctioning transformer is, perhaps, an attempt at a joke – though that just drags out and isn’t even funny the first time it happens).

One of the coolest things about the Garbage Pail Kids, particularly for fans who are still kids themselves, is their subversiveness; with a tale of Allies vs Axis ‘kids’, the superhero/war comic satire doesn’t feel in any way subversive.

It’s all just a baffling misuse of the Garbage Pail Kids characters in a setting that’s completely unsuited to the unusual and gross characters; it just feels as if the Garbage Pail Kids have accidentally wandered into the wrong story entirely.

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