In a remote area of the Pacific Ocean is a volcanic island home to the Enchanted Tiki Room, where just about anything is possible—especially talking to animals. As we examine the lives of some vacationers, Tangaroa (talking tree and father of the Tiki gods) narrates our journey. We meet Agnes—forgotten Hollywood star—and her dog, Alfred. Along with her is the Randy family, who thinks that money can solve all their problems. Lastly, Wally has come for a visit in hopes of forgetting his (recent) ex-girlfriend. One by one, we see what these people are up to—nothing special. But wait! What’s this? An unexpected visitor! What business could she have on the island?
Adams writes each of these characters with really strong personalities.
Strongest is Tangaroa, who narrates the issue in a rather cheesy manner. This tree really makes the issue lighthearted and fun.
Agnes is portrayed as old, forgotten, lonely, and desperate, as justified by her tattooed makeup (WTF?!) and multiple inquiries about her dog turning into a single human man.
The Randy family is filled with four of the most materialistic people I have ever seen—mostly the kids. The parents do a great deal of charity work, which is awesome, but the kids are going to get hit with a ton of bricks when they realize that money needs to be earned (in fact, the youngest kid cries when she sees someone working).
Wally is finally “free” of his girlfriend, or so he thinks. He seems like a good guy trapped in a bad relationship, and we have yet to see too much of him.
Chip, Enchanted Tiki Room volunteer, is a kid with a dream of becoming an actor (who isn’t?). He is really dramatic, and thinks that most things should revolve around him.
The stranger who approaches the island looks like a badass. She comes up on a surfboard equipped with sharp spikes (teeth?). She has a purpose on the island, and looks like she’ll stop at nothing until her mission is accomplished.
This issue goes by really fast, given the way that it is structured—a cinematic progression and movement from character to character. The story line itself doesn’t really set up any problem, threat, or solid plot. Thus far, it is simply a funny list of characters. While the characterization is important to any story, that’s not all an introductory issue needs. We know this strange visitor has something to do with the subsequent issues, but we have no idea if she is good or bad, human or not, or what her intentions are.
Artist Horacio Domingues illustrates this issue in a very cartoonish manner. The characters’ features are emphasized to fit their stereotypes and their facial expressions are very animated. The line work is strong yet simple, creating solid characters for a silly story, as relayed by the color choices—bright, bold, and vibrant. Despite inconsistencies like Chip’s hair or Agnes’ makeup, the artwork tells the story quite well.
So far, this series has started out as more of a joke than anything. The script is funny and, even when it tries to be serious, it doesn’t come across too much as that. However, the lighthearted script leaves a very likable tone throughout the story. It’s funny, ironic, hyperbolic, and a great read for anyone and everyone. I do hope things get more serious, as there is really no solid plot, but for now, this presents a good introductory issue.
Written by: Jon Adams
Illustrated by: Horacio Domingues