Warning: This Post Contains Spoilers!
Disclaimer: The Views in This Post Are Solely My Opinion. Steven Universe is property of Rebecca Sugar, Cartoon Network & Boom Studios
Steven Universe #1
Publisher: Boom Studios
Written by Melanie Gillman
Art By Katy Farina, Whitney Cogar
Lettering By Mike Fiorentino
Over the past three years or so Steven Universe has become a smash hit with fans of animation both young and old alike, and it is easy to see why. The series which follows the adventures of a young half human, half alien boy named Steven and his friends and family has gone from simplistic adventures of cookie cat ice cream and cheeseburger backpacks to one of the arguably most well written and most progressive shows on television, with stunning visuals, great music, and an emotional maturity and depth that brings something truly unique to the series there is hardly a single episode that won’t make you tear-up by the end. However, despite the popularity of the show, the series wasn’t initially quite as successful as a comic, the first Steven Universe series put out by Boom in the early days of the show only lasted eight issues, and in between that we got some specials, mini-series and an OGN written by one of the series crew, but not another ongoing, until now, and let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait!
The first issue of the new Steven Universe Ongoing by Boom Studios written by the talented Melanie Gillman starts off with Steven hanging out at his family’s barn which is currently the home of the newest members of the Crystal Gems Peridot & Lapis Lazuli. The three hear a noise in the grass only to find an abandoned baby bird. After trying and failing to find the birds parents, Steven calls the vet to see what to do, and is shocked that they are basically told just to let nature take its course as the bird isn’t and endangered species. Steven and co being the rebels that they are of course do not accept this answer and decide to raise the baby bird on their own, thus giving us some wonderfully hilarious panels of Peridot trying to get the baby bird to grow up into a mighty Eagle that she can teach to do her bidding. By the end of the story the bird has grown healthy and strong enough to go out on its own, leaving a melancholic Steven having to say goodbye to his new friend, only to quickly find out that everything is OK because there are many similar birds in the area and his bird friend still likes him.
Overall the story in the first issue is a fairly simplistic one, but it is one that is very well executed, Gillman’s writing perfectly emulates the style of the show, hitting the comedic and emotional points on target when it needs to, while also having a unique and relaxing style all its own. Farina’s art is also a perfect fit as it near perfectly mirrors the style of the television show, while still having just enough of its own identity to not just paste & copy the show completely.
In closing the first issue of the new Steven Universe Ongoing may just be a simple children’s book story, but it is one that is well done and will undoubtedly be a delight for readers of all ages.
Story: 10 Out of 10
Art: 8 out of 10
Overall: 9 out of 10