Mickey All-Stars

Fantagraphics. (Disney Masters Collection). Nov. 2020. 56p. ed. by ed. by J. Michael Catron. ISBN 9781683963691. $14.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
More than 40 internationally acclaimed creators celebrate Mickey Mouse in this charming tribute to the iconic character, published in French in 2018, and finally available in English A frame story involving Mickey passing through a series of mystical portals allows each creator a single page to share their interpretation of the character, resulting in an eclectic mix of styles, tones, and settings. Some pages find Mickey traveling through outer space or visiting the distant past, others see him doing battle with enemies such as the Phantom Blot or enjoying a picnic with his paramour, Minnie. Many of the artists offer playfully experimental layouts and page design—German cartoonist Flix shows Mickey dropping from one tier of panels to the one below as he maneuvers a haunted house; Italy’s Marco Rota designs his page to simulate the movement of a Ferris wheel as Mickey and Minnie enjoy a ride. Elsewhere, Éric Hérenguel evokes a nostalgic glow by rendering Mickey in a style reminiscent of his classic cartoon appearances, providing a thrilling contrast to Antonio Lapone’s cubism-inspired exploration of Mickey’s basic design and a simplified, surreal offering from Ulf K.
VERDICT A total delight with high appeal for children and adult readers alike.
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