Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes, a series of comics written by Bill Watterson, follows the life of a six-year old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger best friend, Hobbes. The series was originally published and reprinted in thousands of newspapers during the 80s, later being reprinted and published into book collections such as this spectacular title: “The Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.” This particular edition of Calvin and Hobbes is the first ever edition that I’ve read and one I’ve had ever since I was very little, so I may be a little biased when I go to sing the comics praises.

But Calvin and Hobbes is truly something special- creating laughter, inspiring creativity, and providing comfort in the familiarity of those big introspective and existential topics we all get overwhelmed thinking about every now and then. Throughout Calvin’s adventures at home and in doors, we are constantly exposed to the ironies and hypocritical observations that we make in everyday life. This is one of the best parts of the Calvin and Hobbes series, as we are not only laughing at the characters, but also poking some fun at ourselves as hypocritical human beings.

In the comic, we are truly brought into the perspective of Calvin, seeing everything the way he sees it versus the way other people such as his parents or his more logical and rational classmate Susie do. Calvin’s world is one of never-ending hyper-active imagination as Calvin’s fears and boredom take over to make life a little more exciting or a little more easier to deal with and understand. His parents never see Calvin’s world the way he does, they only see his stuffed tiger and Calvin’s absurd methods of procrastination and entertainment that often wind up getting him in trouble. 

And he certainly gets in trouble when the deranged mutant killer monster snow goons attack, leaving Calvin and Hobbes to defend their home on their own. But of course, his parents just don’t understand the amount of work Calvin has to do or how tiring his adventures can be.

All in all though, this comic is fantastic for people of all ages, having content that relates to adults, children and everyone alike. As a kid, I could totally understand where Calvin was coming from- adults just didn’t seem to understand all the stuff I was thinking about at the time. But as a teen-soon-to-be-adult, I now see the nuances in Calvin’s words, and take comfort in the advice that Watterson gives through his lovable characters.

For anyone looking for a read to cheer them up on a bad day, I definitely recommend this book. It’s nice and simple, easy to read, and full of joyful characters and funny moments that make you reflect on life. If you’re looking for the more introspective side of Calvin and Hobbes, then maybe look for The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book which features many more cute moments between the two that will brighten up your day.

-Elia T.

Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Voltron: Legendary Defender; Season One Review

Voltron” is a name that may be familiar with people of many different generations. It was most noticeable for its original debut in the 1980s under the show titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe, however it has had many revivals over the years with…generally subpar success to their names.  But its most recent incarnation, Voltron: Legendary Defender, quickly shot up in popularity when Netflix announced it in 2016.  So what was all the hype about?

Voltron: Defender of the Universe brought up dark subjects with children that other, similar cartoons would often avoid. It was still incredibly corny, of course, but it left a lasting impact on its young audience because it didn’t shy away from these topics.  Needless to say, Voltron: Legendary Defender had a lot to live up to.  If it couldn’t impact old fans and new fans in a similar way to the original, it would fade into obscurity like the reboots before it.  So was it impactful?  Did it live up to the legacy of the original show?

Over the next few months, I’ll be taking a look at this reboot season by season to see if it’s worth all the hype it received.

Season one of Voltron: Legendary Defender is very simplistic, but sets up a very interesting world with its eleven episodes. From the first episode – which, to be fair, is an hour long without commercials, so it does have a lot of time to make a first impression – you can immediately tell the tone that this series wants to take.  The opening scene literally depicts the kidnapping and torture of three innocent human astronauts.  Immediately after, though, we cut to the antics of three in-training space cadets: Lance, Hunk, and Pidge.  This may sound contradictory but the show is very good at balancing the serious moments with the more lighthearted moments.

The Galra Empire is an empire that has spread its reach throughout the universe for thousands of years, and they have conquered almost every planet up until the Milky Way. Their leader, Zarkon, grows stronger with every planet they conquer, and the heroes are racing against time to defeat this big baddy.  This is the premise of the show, and the turmoil and politics of the Galra empire are a major plot point within the series.

The story of this season ends with quite a bang as well. The heroes take a rescue mission right into the heart of Galra territory, and face off with Zarkon himself.  Although they’re able to escape, they don’t escape without taking some heavy damage first, and the season ends on a dramatic cliff hanger.  It’s a cheesy way to rack up interest for the next season, but it works.  So does the series fulfill its enticing premise and current potential?  Tune in next time to find out!

-Leanne W.