Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced. The idea of seeing the original Karate Kid film from Johnny Lawrence’s perspective is an interesting one. That becomes more so with the recent Cobra Kai digital series and the concept that Johnny wasn’t really the bad guy of the film.
As a first issue, the comic is interesting. Writer Denton J. Tipton frames the story as Johnny telling it to his new students, the comic begins early in his life. There’s abuse there and that’s not unexpected. It also is handled as an adult in a way that seems realistic for a guy his age and the era he grew up in.
From there we get some of the lead up to his introduction in Karate Kid. There’s some history as to him and the tournaments. His meeting Ali. Why the broke up. And then ending where his role in the film begins on the beach. It’s an interesting comic that builds to the expectation. And in that way it succeeds.
I fully expected Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 to be more like the end of the comic but instead, it veers in the beginning then leads the reader to where it thought it was going to start. It defies expectations, gets you to accept that, then dovetails into expectations in a good way.
The art is where the comic fails. The characters look awful. Kagan McLeod just doesn’t capture the look of the actors well and mixed with a weird lack of detail along with odd detail it falls apart. Eyes are strange, faces bland, and designs that at times look like something you’d get by a Boardwalk artist.
The comic delivers potential. It’s the build-up to the story we know from the film but doesn’t quite deliver that yet. Instead, it focuses on Johnny the person adds some depth to him and shows us where he’s coming from. Now, we can get to the interesting stuff we all came for to start.
Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Kagan McLeod Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake Story: 7.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
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Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 (of 4)
(W) Denton J. Tipton (A/CA) Kagan McLeod In Shops: Oct 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“JOHNNY’S STORY,” Part 1. See The Karate Kid in a whole new light in this retelling through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, two-time All Valley Tournament Champion. When the new kid makes moves on the girl that broke Johnny’s heart, he vows to settle the score and win back her love. Or so goes the story Sensei Lawrence tells his students nearly 35 years later. Written by Denton J. Tipton (X-Files) and illustrated by Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu). Based on the hit YouTube Original series Cobra Kai!
IDW Publishing brings the lifelong rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence out of the dojo and into comic book stores with an all-new Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues miniseries, slated for release in Fall 2019.
In collaboration with Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, IDW will develop new stories set within the continuity of the YouTube Premium original series, based on iconic characters from the cultural touchstone Karate Kid film series.
TheCobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continuescomic book series will be written by Denton J. Tipton and illustrated by Kagan McLeod. The first issue, slated to debut in October, will feature cover artwork by McLeod, as well as photos of the beloved cast and other iconic surprises.
Starting with “Johnny’s Story” Part 1 (of 4) in October, readers will see The Karate Kid movie in a whole new light in this retelling through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, two-time All Valley Tournament champion. When the new kid makes moves on the girl that broke Johnny’s heart, he vows to settle the score and win back his love… or so goes the story Sensei Lawrence tells his students nearly 35 years later.
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HC • FC • $14.99 • 72 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-254-7
Story: Bob Gale, John Barber
Script: John Barber
Art: Megan Levens
Color: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover A: Megan Levens, Charlie Kirchoff
Cover B: Philip Murphy
Incentive Cover: Alan Robinson, Charlie Kirchoff
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Editorial Assistant: Chase Marotz
Doc and the Brown family venture ever deeper into the 1939 World’s Fair as a case of mistaken identity puts Jules and Verne in the crosshairs of German spies!
Story: Kurtis Wiebe
Art: Max Dunbar
Color: Jose Luis Rio
Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Cover A: Ryan Brown
Cover B: Whilce Portacio, Raymund Lee
Cover RI: Whilce Portacio
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Editorial Assistance: Peter Adrian Behravesh
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Story: Sholly Fish, Otis Frampton
Art: Jamal Peppers, Otis Frampton
Ink: Gary Martin
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: Bobby Curnow, Denton J. Tipton
Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh
The crew of The Ghost are trapped on an Imperial ship with no way out! The space pirate Hondo may be their only chance of escape… but can they trust him not to sell them out?
Story: Mike Carey
Art: Peter Gross
Color: Fabien Alquier
Lettering: Peter Gross
Regular Cover: Yuko Shimizu
Retailer Incentive Cover: Yuko Shimizu
Editor Denton J. Tipton
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