Over The Garden Wall Special #1

Over The Garden Wall Special #1

Writer: Pat McHale Artist: Jim Campbell Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 5, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11
7.7Critic Rating
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Two brothers, Wirt and Greg, find themselves lost in the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. With the help of a shadowy Woodsman and an ill-tempered bluebird named Beatrice, they travel through the foggy land hoping to find their way home and encountering all manner of adventures along the way.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Nov 5, 2014

    Like a lot of Cartoon Network shows, I am not entirely sure what this plot is about, but the journey behind it all seems worth it in the end. The journey these three embark upon in this issue, involves soldiers fighting for the Commonwealth. If you aren't with them, you are against them. So the group decides to tag along. Oh and the catch is, these soldiers ride across the plains in a giant hat. They are very odd men and again remind me of old literature, but this time think Don Quixote. The whole trip is a fiasco. I just love how this comic brought in a lot of old literature style to a newer audience. It was a fun read and shouldn't just be a special, but hopefully a regular series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 25, 2015

    This is a nice surprise that those new to the series can enjoy as it captures a fairy tale story fantastically. There's an undercurrent off odd that'll tickle most peoples fancies. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 24, 2015

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a talking house, or a kid on an adventure, at that. However, this is still a very unique and entertaining book. It’s appropriate for every age, and enjoyable to just the same. I definitely recommend picking this up. It’s a fun, lighthearted way to get yourself out of reality and into a cute, amusing story. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Aug 27, 2015

    A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the imagination of Pat McHale, full of magic and poignancy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Aug 26, 2015

    Such a cute little book. The art is actually quite magical, brings back memories of childhood. The misunderstanding of chores is very funny, you feel for Wirt who is such a nice kid and just wanted to help. The mean girls with their faces hidden made them a little more sinister. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Nov 7, 2014

    Over the Garden Wall: Special is lovely read. It's a family friendly tale that doesn't hold hands and isn't afraid to use its own intelligence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Kelly Richards Aug 30, 2015

    If you are already a fan or just curious as to why people keep cosplaying as a child with an upside down teapot on his head, Over The Garden Wall #1 is definitely worth your time. However, new readers may find themselves feeling a little lost, as there is very little set up apart from a very brief introduction to the characters. Overall, Over the Garden Wall #1 is an enjoyable and promising starting point, very much in keeping with what we have come to expect from Pat McHale, and the Unknown. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Aug 30, 2015

    Over the Garden Wall #1 is a book that comes right from the source. It's written by the series creator Phil McHale and drawn by series writer and storyboard artist Jim Campbell and reads very much like a lesser episode of the show. It doesn't have the harsh realizations that make the cartoon's high points, but is still compelling and makes the reader uneasy. It's by far one of the truest adaptations of any intellectual property in recent memory and any fan of the series will appreciate it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Aug 28, 2015

    The comic doesn't feel like a deleted scene, but as another story that time constraints wouldn't allow to be told. McHale and Campbell approach the book with the same mood they had with the original, and that lends to its authenticity and genuineness. The stakes aren't quite as high yet in the narrative, but the atmosphere and the interesting world that's both cozy and horrifying are both present. In any way, The Unknown is not a place you should miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Dec 2, 2014

    Over the Garden Wall has a few parts of sorts. Either be a kids book or a mature fiction. The book in its current state doesnt know what it is, and the audience sure wont know either. It need more show me elements, otherwise just write a young reader story. There wasnt much for Jim Campbell to do, and the amount of tell me was another reason I had to make myself read this. Overall it felt like Over the Garden Wall was developed by Terry Gilliam, but Id skip this book until the creative team and editorial can figure out what to do with it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Aug 26, 2015

    The adaptation falls short of the original, lingering at the surface level with none of the deeper aesthetic charm. Read Full Review

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