Posted October 21, 2013 by Nicolo Parungo in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Imagine Agents #1

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Writer: Brian Joines
Artist: Bachan
Company: BOOM! Studios

Imagine Agents is what happens when you mix up Men in Black with Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. A good, surprisingly fun comic that can make you smile in one page and breaks your heart in the next.

The I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Agents – yup it’s seriously an achronym – are federal agents who have to imprison bad imaginary friends and find homes for the good ones whose kids are too old to believe in them anymore, it’s a solid premise that doesn’t require a lot of thinking. Writer Brian Joines seems well aware that his concept isn’t particularly deep and just rolls with the fun, since the first scene features two grown men restraining what looks like a stone temple headed caterpillar thing. It looks just as awesome as it sounds and I’m hoping the following issues amp up the awesome.

it was NOT meIt’s not all crazy fights though, there’s a scene where imaginary friend Blounder has to watch a little girl celebrate her birthday and instantly forget about him the moment she blows her candles. It is crazy depressing.

Bachan’s art is great. Every panel is full of energy and his imaginary friends looks good, his characters also tend to look different from each other which is always a plus considering how plenty of industry greats tend to have their characters look alike.

If there are any complaints it’s just that the agents themselves are a little too much like agents K and J from Men in Black; it’s a winning formula I’ll admit, but one that tends to get used to often – see the R.I.P.D. movie – and gives off a “been there, done that” sort of feeling.

Still the overall package is enjoyable. Imagine Agents is a nice surprise and is further proof that the comic book industry could use more all ages books.


Nicolo Parungo