DOUBLE JUMPERS #1 (Action Lab Comics)
By Dave Dwonch and Bill Blankenship
Synopsis: A group of vaguely socially inept gamers befalls some Weird Science style 80s shenanigans when they accidently switch bodies with their characters in the game they are play testing.
01. Much like Beauty and the Beast, it’s a tale as old as time. You’re testing out a video game, when suddenly, somebody does the Dew in a wrong way and ends up spilling it on the gaming console. This causes some serious Freaky Friday shit to ensue, and you find yourself inside the very video game you were playing, while your character has run of your body.
Ah, to be young and in beta.
02. Double Jumpers is another great new series from Action Lab Comics. If that name sounds familiar, you might recognize them as the company behind the incredible Princeless series. This new series (set to release in May) is definitely not as all-ages friendly as Princeless, but it certainly is just as fun. As noted above it follows the lives of a handful of gamers, who are play testing one of the most highly anticipated gaming releases in recent history. With deadline pressures pushing down on them and some major glitches still in need of ironing, the gang partake in a late game in order to figure out one of the game’s more glaring problems. Which is when the trouble starts.
03. As always, when I read comics, I’m looking to have as much fun as I possibly can. After all, what’s the point in seeking out entertainment if I’m not entertained? For the most part when I read something, I find myself craving a bit of levity. Even if it’s a bit of gallows humour in a very serious book, I will take that touch of humanity over a plot that will wring me dry emotionally.
First and foremost, Double Jumpers is a fun book. It takes itself just as seriously as it needs to (which is not a lot) and spends a lot of time developing a playful, adversarial relationship between the characters. It also lays the groundwork quite well for the shenanigans that ensue, making sure that rules and character are in place for when the crazy gender swapping starts and the plot really throws itself into gear.
04. Beyond that, I can’t say much about the series. As always, these things are best to experience for yourself – and towards that notion, we have a nifty preview of the first issue for you below. Check it out – and if you like it, let your local comic shop know that you want a copy. The series is in the most recent edition of Previews, which means your retailer will be setting numbers for the book later this month.