We’ve seen countless original concepts in the medium of comic books. We have seen superheroes, super villains, average people with average afflictions, but I don’t think we’ve seen anything quite like this. Fwendly Fwuit follows the adventures of two friends: a strawberry and a banana.
In this issue, the fruit world is celebrating “Wonder Day” (spelled “Wunder Day” and “Wonder Day,” so I’m not sure which it is), sort of like their Christmas. Banana and Strawberry are two friends having a sleepover on the eve of Wonder Day. What they don’t know is that this Wonder Day holds an immense adventure. A new friend needs some help finding his friend who is lost in the desert. Banana and Strawberry help him trek to the desert (with Melon’s help), and they save their new friend from certain death, given the monsters that lurk in the desert. What a day!
Lam writes this issue with some specific language. You know how children speak when they haven’t fully learned how to talk in proper English yet? Yes, I’m talking about that “W.” It is in nearly every other word, emphasizing the all-ages rating of this book as well as the innocence of the main characters.
The characters interact really well together. Even though some of these characters don’t know each other, they act as if they’ve been friends for years. It’s the most endearing form of communication. Remember when you were in elementary school and everyone liked everyone because we hadn’t turned into jerks yet? That’s the vibe that this book emits, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The unrealism of a strawberry and banana being BFFs (though they do make a good smoothie) helps emphasize the friendship, rather than the people. This is the kind of innocence that I miss, and love seeing in comic books.
The illustrations themselves are really trippy. Huge multi-colored slugs that fly through the air, strange make-believe creatures with huge long arms, a melon with a melon ship—all of these things make the issue look as fun as anything. The art style is extremely cartoonish, which allows Lam to make the characters really expressive. There are so many different colors on every page that the reader can’t get bored.
This is a really cute all-ages story. It’s a little hard to read because of the way the characters talk, but you get used to it about halfway through the book. Aesthetically, Lam doesn’t let us down. There is always something exciting to look at, which holds our attention really well. There’s a lot of movement in this issue, which keeps the story progressing at a steady, comfortable pace. For anyone who wants a good, fun, lighthearted read, look no further. The comic is available to buy from illustrator Lam’s shop HERE!
Written & Illustrated by: Mickey Lam