In my opinion, the essence of a good comic is about appealing to a reader’s inner child. It’s about reigniting a sense of nostalgia and a thirst for adventure. As a kid, I remember getting up early on the weekend and being in awe of Saturday morning cartoons. Any comic that can help me remember that sense of wonder is worth reading, and that’s where SPACE COPZ: CEREAL ZOMBIES comes in. Written by indie author, Mike Speakman, SPACE COPZ was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
The all-age sci-fi comic features the adventures of Sgt. Alpha Omega and his sidekick Beta Boy. Alpha Omega is an impulsive hero who rushes into situations to save the day, while Beta Boy is more level-headed. It’s an interesting twist to the traditional superhero and sidekick role where the hero is usually more taciturn than the sidekick.
The story begins with the evil space lord Gamma unleashing a brand of cereal that turns Earth children into wild monsters. The children start attacking their parents, which leads Alpha Omega and Beta Boy to investigate. With the help of the brilliant Doctor Pudd Williams, the duo find out that the infected kids are turned into monsters every time their parents yell at them.
The kids are cured in an adorable way that I won’t spoil because it’ll have more impact when you read the comic. Alpha Omega and Beta Boy are successful in stopping Gamma’s plans and the villain vows he’ll have his revenge.
Speakman’s writing is light-hearted and fun. I found myself laughing several times at the dynamic between Alpha Omega and his faithful sidekick. There’s a Saturday morning cartoon vibe to SPACE COPZ that works to its advantage. The art is as playful as the characters, with a cartoony feeling that will appeal to younger readers.
SPACE COPZ: CEREAL ZOMBIES offers a light-hearted take on what it means to be a parent and a hero. You can read it for free here and the series’ lack of issue numbers means you can read each comic as a stand-alone story.