Anybody who was alive during the 1990s can remember the travesty known as the WB Network. This what eventually became UPN and what turned into its present form, the CW Network. The network has more mainstream fare than it has in previous years but definitely invests in genre programming. When the network initially started in 1995 it had some very problematic shows that they decided to air.
The shows tried to cater to the African American community, where they showed programming like The Game and Girlfriends. They also showed funny yet forgettable shows like The Jamie Foxx Show and The Wayan Bros. They also presented shows, which makes me still cringe like Homeboys In Outer Space. In the debut issue of Rhyme Travelers, we meet some protagonists which remind me of the latter, with a few exceptions.
Meet the Rhyme Travelers as they look for their next gig. They’re running out of gas traveling the universe where they find a job working a mall known as The Floating Gardens Of Baubelon. As they start working their new job, they soon find themselves embroiled in the same trap, the customers of the mall do, debt. As they look to find out who is behind all of this, they run into the mall’s security, the S.H.A.R.C.S., which they destroy and find the why the cards were issued in the first place. By issue’s end, the Rhyme Travelers uncover a mind control scheme and save the day.
Overall, the book seems to a bit stereotypical and dated despite its publication date. The story by Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca is funny but contains a ton of overused story tropes. The art by Kenny Keil is the best part of the book. Altogether, I would tell readers to borrow it, as the issue isn’t worth the price of admission.
Story: Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca Art: Kenny Keil
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Read