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Review – Stu Bear in the 25th Century

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Stu Bear in the 25th CenturyTake Yogi Bear, Sleeper and smoke a lot of pot and/or drop some acid and you get Stu Bear in the 25th Century.  The comic book published by Viper Comics, written by Jeff Bushell with art by Beware of the Art Studio the comic is a rather crazy story about a bear who’s caught in an avalanche and wakes up 500 years later.

A freak avalanche turns Stu Bear’s annual hibernation into a 500 year frozen sleep.  Rediscovered and thawed, Stu finds evolved, hairless, intelligent bears, descendants of Stu’s brother, the new dominant species; living in floating cities above the Earth.  But as a seemingly incurable plague threatens to destroy all life, Stu finds he’s the only one who can save the day.  Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie screen writer, Jeff Bushell, debut’s his first graphic novel.

The story is really funny with a world flipped upside down.  Animals now rule and humans have devolved.  Stu, wakes up to this crazy world and has to use his abilities to save it.  The story is really humorous and art would fit perfectly in an Adult Swim cartoon.

I found myself laughing at moments and generally enjoyed the story.  It’s good for kids and adults will enjoy it too.  If you’re new to Viper Comics, it’s worth checking out.

Plot: Bushell makes his comic debut with this tongue in cheek comic book.  The story is cute and funny at times.  It’s a quick and easy read and perfect for all ages.  The comic is an entertaining read and definitely mixes it up from everything else that’s on the market.  Rating:  7.5

Art: I’ll admit this isn’t my type of art.  That’s not to say it’s bad, but it’s reminiscent of a lot of the cartoons you find on Adult Swim.  A weird mix of 2D and 3D, that’s definitely different.  It doesn’t hurt the story at all, but doesn’t stand out to me.  That’s not to say it’s not your cup of tea, it very well might be.  Art is subjective, and this just isn’t my favorite type of style.  Rating: 7

Overall: Stu Bear in the 25th Century is a comic I’d feel good about giving to my nieces or nephews.  There’s enough here for both kids and adults to enjoy.  It’s definitely different than most everything else on the market and is a nice break from the usual.  Definitely worth checking it out, especially to share with your kids.  Overall rating: 7.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 80 pages    Price: $7.95

Viper Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.