Captain Amazing is getting up there in years, and is starting to need a little help when saving the city from all kinds of villains. So he sets up an audition for people to try their hand at being his sidekick. He has two pets, Roscoe the dog and Fluffy the hamster, that want that job. Another pet, Shifty the chameleon, joins the family when he arrives at Captain Amazing's home in a huge shipping box. Fluffy's the first to start training to be a sidekick when he chases after a raccoon that stole an iPod, but things take a turn for the worse when he's stopped by three hungry cats. At the same time, Captain Amazing's nemesis has been released from jail, claiming to be a reformed man, a DNA transfer device has been stolen, and there are mysterious claw marks being left all over town. Crazy, huh?
Apart from Roscoe and
Fluffy constantly making the same huge-eyed,
huge-mouthed faces in the beginning, Sidekicks started
out pretty good. It was funny seeing Captain Amazing,
someone who's basically a one-man army, have an allergic
reaction to peanuts when fighting crime. Jokes weren't
forced, and the overall tone of the comic is tame. But
once the real training to be a sidekick takes place, it
seems like everything's rushed. There are barely any
lessons learned, not much training being done, and then
we're suddenly at the climax. My biggest problem though
is that the characters aren't very interesting or
likable, apart from Manny the cat. Roscoe is a
straight-up jerk most of the time, Fluffy is just
following orders and Shifty...well, he has one important
part 1/3 through the book and that's about it. He's
basically just a 'me too' character that doesn't have
any personality and is around just to have an extra
character to chip in with a line here and there. You'd
think the color changing ability would come in handy a
lot more often than it's used here. It was also weird
seeing Roscoe be scared of getting hit with a giant heap
of mechanical junk later one, after he had no problem
getting hit by a speeding car earlier in the book. His
power is like Colossus' from X-Men: he can coat himself
in metal, so why be scared of getting hit by something
less dangerous than a car?
|SUBJECTS: Superheroes --
Pets -- Fiction.
Cartoons and comics.
Superhero comic books, strips, etc.