Glob World #0 & #1

Glob world is an all ages book from Action Lab comics written and drawn by the creative team Kevin Freeman and Jason Strutz with backup from writer Jeremy Whitely & artist Andrew Charipar, and features a dizzying array of playful characters in a highly colourful and imaginative world. Along with the books is a web portal where young readers can get involved, read further and have access to games, puzzles and competitions.

Jon handed the book to me to review as (apparently) I’m now the MOMB expert correspondent on all ages books owing to the fact the I’ve an eighteen month old daughter who I’m slowly beginning the process of indoctrinating into my favourite preoccupation. She already receives a couple of Boom (or rather KaBoom) studio books each month, as well as my old copies of Sergio Aragones Funnies. So it is an area of comics that I’m paying a great deal more attention to than I would have done a couple of years ago. In fact this review gave me a rather unique experience of reading the books on my PC with Scarlet on my knee.

I’m pleased to report that she was enchanted by the larger than life colourful characters, and clean and simple lines that fill each page. It’s a rich and pleasing view for the very young, and the panels are kept fuss free and are simple and easy to navigate. The characters while all being very clearly Glob’s are easy to differentiate from each other and by the end of the first issue I think both of us had become more than just a little besotted with the feisty Infinity Jones.

 Issue zero gives a fun packed introduction to the main characters of this world, with the annual Tournament of the Globs, a wrestling competition that ultimately proves that brawn isn’t always better than brain. The issue does an excellent job of introducing us to the inhabitants of the world and their key characteristics, and also introduces a plot element which will spin through the opening few issues of the book.

Issue one see’s the Globs taking part in a charming hide and seek competition which has plenty of laughs throughout with Shirley Blooey the mother of the surprisingly tough wrestling baby Goog, from issue 0, taking the role of a slightly over confident seeker. It’s a charming and simple, straight forward story and the art gorgeous. Lovely panel layouts teach the reader not only to enjoy reading but serves as a nice introduction to the comic book medium with nice simple, yet dynamic layouts.

 The messages here are simple and highly worthy, yet at no time are they to verbose or hectoring. The anti bullying message is in particular very strong, and central to the Glob ethos, and is handled subtly but exceptionally well. The companion website although in its infancy is a rich and safe environment for young surfers to explore, and even though its relatively new, has as much content to keep kids amused than more high profile and (I imagine) better resourced franchises. I often approach these sites with some trepidation as a parent as they often seem to be little more than elaborate merchandising opportunities, but the excellent values demonstrated in the books is carried through onto the site, and although there is, of course, a store, its not rammed down your throat and the emphasis is on fun.

I enjoyed my quick tour of Glob world and fully intend to keep collecting these for my little one. Positive and highly charming characters and stories told beautifully by both writer and artist, with a set of values that’s both highly commendable with out ever resorting to preaching or patronising the reader. It’s a tough set of qualities to achieve but Glob world does it with some aplomb. A great read, for all ages, but most certainly for any young ones in your life, if you want them to read, and to appreciate comics you could do much, much worse than to buy Glob world.