Gumby Graphic Novel Vol. 1

Gumby, Pokey and the gang are back with new adventures for the first time in over ten years! Newly reimagined stories bring the magic of the classic clay boy to a new generation. First, moon creatures invade the toy store where Gumby lives! Gumby and his friends must muster up the courage to contain these triangular foes. Also featuring more stories of the flexible green gumbino told by today’s top storytellers.

I remember watching Gumby when I was a kid and loving the adventures he got himself into along with Pokey and thinking how cool Claymation was – of course this was pre-CGI so kids today probably don’t understand the magic Gumby and pals created.

If you are like me and remember Gumby and his war with the Blockheads then you’re going to be in for some culture shock because this is not the Gumby of our childhoods. Gumby has been modernized for a whole new generation.

The artwork was a little hard to follow as there didn’t seem to be a lot of consistency between stories. Only the first story seemed to try and honor the original kind of world we knew as every other story has him going places and doing things our pre-modern tech could never capture.

I think if you’re coming to this for a sense of nostalgia you’ll be disappointed but if you’re looking for something that’s “safe” for young readers then you’ll be happy. It is the kind of story that kids can be given without worrying too much of what you’re exposing them to especially considering what they already see/her on the evening news or in their schools.

Thank you to Netgalley and Papercutz for allowing me to review this!

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