By Sammie Rice
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful for all of you American folk. For me personally, it was a fantastic time to spend reading some splendiferous first issues of new series and share them with my friends and family.
It truly is a great time to be a comics reader as so many new series are springing up for every age group you can imagine. My absolute favorite, though, was a comic that had me smiling ear-to-ear from beginning to end.
What if you combined the nature-loving spirit of Lumberjanes with the spunky and mystical feel of Bee and Puppycat? Then you would most certainly get Capture Creatures #1 by writer Frank Gibson and illustrator Becky Dreistadt.
You might recognize the names of Gibson and Dreistadt from the beloved web comic Tiny Kitten Teeth. I have only recently delved into the world of webcomics so I wasn't already familiar with their work, but the style displayed by both Gibson and Dreistadt is so ridiculously fun that I can't believe I have lived this long without it!
But enough introduction, let's dive into this delightful story!
Tamzen is a little girl only in outward appearance; on the inside, she is a tough, rad adventurer and she will clobber anyone who says otherwise. Her father is a dedicated scientist working on something related to all of the new trees and dirt in the nearby "reclamation zone". Tamzen meets a cute, awkward and intelligent intern her age, Jory, and they waste no time going to explore the coast where the scientists will soon be repopulating native species. A little danger means nothing to Tamzen, especially with quirky Jory at her side. But they get more than they bargained for when they come across a strangely cute creature…
The story and art style couldn't be more perfect for each other. The creative team has made sure that every panel is a beautiful explosion of color and feeling. A little humor, a lot of friendship, this book is going to give every little girl, boy, teenager, college student, parent and red panda a very happy experience.
This comic is shrouded in mystery as you try to understand this strange world where some type of land reclamation is taking place. Why did they have to regrow the forest? Is the entire world like this? I may be overthinking this adorable all-ages comic but I sure as heck am going to be picking up the next issue. Just like with Lumberjanes. Fingers crossed that this series will never, ever end.
Pick up Capture Creatures #1 at your favorite place to buy comics then sprint home so you can gush about it with me!
Sammie Rice is a Florida comic book store employee and proud Valkyrie. She enjoys long strolls through the park in Pterodactyl-free zones. Find me on Twitter and Instagram: @SammieReads