Review: Field Tripping #1
Take the concept of the much-beloved Magic School Bus and have it go off the rails. Field Tripping #1 delivers the beginning of a school field trip across dimensions from hell.
Co-created by James Asmus, Jim Festante, and José García the comic has a dark humor about it. Taking a child’s program and twisting it delivers a result that feels like an homage, a parody, and a black comedy. There’s something very subversive about it all. Twisted is really a perfect word to describe the series.
Armed with a magical school bus that hops them through dimensions, something goes wrong taking the school trip on a wild ride. Seven years later, they’re still lost. There have clearly been losses and a hell of a lot has happened. Asmus and Festante deliver a second half of a comic that leaves you begging to find out more as to what happened in those seven years.
The art by José García is great. There’s a style that fits the “kid like” material but has a slight offness about it. Like the story itself, the art has so much detail and tells some of what happened. There’s so many small things to check out, it adds to the comic and is as vital to telling what has happened as the dialogue. This is a perfect example of showing not telling but in this case the show is all teases as to what has happened.
Field Tripping #1 is a fantastic debut. The comic is one of the most entertaining of the week with a sly sense of humor that has fun with taking a kids concept and making it a bit more… adult.
Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García, David LaFuente
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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