"Abigail and the Snowman #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written and Illustrated by Roger Langridge
2014, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 31st, 2014
I never did the whole imaginary friend thing growing up. I understood the premise, but I just couldn't bring myself to talk to thin air. Abigail doesn't have that problem. She talks to her make-believe dog Claude without a problem, but it's not helping her make any friends at her new school. Everyone thinks she's weird. Then she meets a yeti and things start to change.
Abigail and the Snowman is the latest from writer / artist Roger Langridge. It has an immediate charm to it that he seems to be an expert in crafting. Abigail is not your average kid, and that makes her so much cooler than the others. She paves her own way and doesn't really care what other people think of her. She has fun. Unfortunately, this doesn't translate into friendships with actual people. In the real world, this would all shake out when Abigail reached high school and everyone realized she was pretty cool.
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Then there's the yeti. He's not your average monster dwelling in the snowy wilderness of the mountains. Instead, he's a sophisticated yeti with a tie, a pipe, and an impressive vocabulary. Just don't get him confused with Bigfoot because they're a bunch of hippies. The yeti has the ability to cloud men's minds which allows him to walk through the world unseen, but it seems like that doesn't work on children, so Abigail (not to mention the other kids on the playground) can see him. While others might run in terror, Abigail is instantly curious about this big lug and strikes up a conversation. There's this fun dynamic where the kids just stop and stare at him while the adults are clueless as to what's going on.
There is also a pair of bumbling government agents that are tracking the yeti to put him back into captivity. They're fairly generic and fit the stereotype of this type of character, but Langridge adds a little more to it. They may trip over their own feet, but they don't bring the quality of the comic down.
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Langridge's artwork works perfectly with his story. I mean, it should if he's the writer and the artist, right? There's a light-hearted tone throughout Abigail and the Snowman, even when the government agents are closing in on the yeti. Speaking of the monster, he looks more like a college professor than a ferocious beast. He has a dignified air about him which is in direct contrast to Abigail's carefree attitude. Within minutes of meeting her, the yeti loosens up and starts to goof off a bit. That's the kind of effect that she has on people.
Abigail and the Snowman is an all-ages comic that delivers. It's fun for kids and adults alike without dumbing down the content. Langridge's visuals offer a great approach to introduce your children to the wide world of monsters.