So right off the bat I'm going to say that I feel like a bit of an imposter reading Over the Garden Wall, because I haven't watched a single episode or read much about it at all. However, I was so drawn to the hype and overall style of the comic that I couldn't resist. From KaBOOM!, created and written by Pat McHale, with art by Jim Campbell, Over the Garden Wall #1 is set between episodes 3 and 4 of the animated series on Cartoon Network. Wirt and Greg are trying to hitch a ride out of schooltown but end up having to walk. Soon, they come upon two girls playing, and wind up having to keep them entertained so that they don't wake their giant of a father.
Being unfamiliar with the characters, I'm sure there are a lot of small details that I would have appreciated much more. But I will say that I enjoyed every minute of reading the issue despite all of that. I especially loved the sarcastic bird that hangs out with Wirt and Greg as they get into a boatload of trouble. McHale's script is engaging and fun, and Campbell's art has a classic feel to it. After contemplating why Over the Garden Wall has such a huge following, I've concluded that it is a twisted, adorable comic. You look at the art style and say, "Oh, that's cute and different," but there's also this mysterious feel to the content that is incredibly appealing. Overall, I'm happy I gave it a read. Be sure to pick up your copy of Over the Garden Wall #1 this week.