X-Men: Black: Mojo #1 (One Shot)
Written By: Scott Aukerman
Art by: Nick Bradshaw and Andre Lima Araujo
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
X-Men Black is a series of one-shots, each one highlighting a different X-Men villain. X-Men have one of the strongest rogues galleries in comics, and it is nice to shine a spotlight on this fact. Last week’s issue featured Magneto, and now it is Mojo’s time to shine. Unlike Magneto, Mojo is a far more absurd figure. This week’s X-Men Black reads like a comedy with Mojo being our bumbling protagonist.
The story starts with Mojo creating a show that will broadcast his defeat of the X-Men. The entire premise is played for laughs, and Mojo immediately gets sidetracked as he is trying to find love in the city. Glob Herman shows up and makes friends with Mojo, teaching him that appearance is not everything. Overall it is a fairly simple story, and a quick read.
Mojo sound eerily familiar here. However, he is far less disgusting than what he is referencing
Scott Aukerman is going for laughs with this issue, and I feel like his jokes have more hits than misses. The issue starts with Mojo sounding very familiar to anyone who has been paying attention to comics Twitter, or YouTube. Mojo is clearly a stand-in for a certain toxic fan base that has been fairly vocal lately. The opening pages grab you immediately, and the comedy and parody stands up well. However, unlike the trolls you encounter online, Mojo goes through a reflection process and actually learns from his mistakes. I wish we got more of Mojo internet troll, as that character conceit is dropped quickly. His character growth is sudden and quick. Most of the issue revolves around Mojo learning how to deal with the world around him. Scott does a wonderful job with Mojo’s new found friend, Glob Herman. Glob is very endearing and helps with humanizing Mojo. His optimism is contagious, and Aukerman deserves credit for turning a pair of grotesque looking characters into something lovable. The “love story” (between Mojo and a woman he meets at a coffee shop) was something I had an issue connecting with. While it was funny to see Mojo fall in love with a local “earth girl” the resolution was a little too quick and perfect for me. While this is the nature of a one-shot, it was just one too many plot lines in such a short span. I found myself laughing a number of times while reading this issue, but also groaning at some of the jokes. Like most comedy, it is all very subjective. But I did find this comic a fun read, and in that regard the writing was a success.
The art team here did a great job of conveying the comedy. A comedy script is a tough one to pull off, as the artists have to sell each punchline and make sure the readers are in the right mood. Mojo’s facial expressions were exaggerated and gave off a very cartoonish feel, which played nicely with the tone. Glob Herman, while being off-putting to look at overall, had a really endearing look on his face at all times. Mojo in a trenchcoat trying to blend in is just a really great image, and I can tell the team had a blast drawing this comic. The art here was fantastic, and I would love to see this team have more fun with comedy in the future.