The Maxx: Maxximized #5 Review

What does Maxx fear? Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

After Laying on the couch and feeling sorry for himself, being spied upon by some isz… Maxx plunges down the proverbial rabbit hole, and encounters the “Crappon in the Hat,” tries to save a fish, spills some beans, discovers a little girl (who’s a developmentally stunted version of the Jungle Queen), then struggles to make sense of it all… and finding himself on Julie’s couch again.

The Maxx Maxximized #5 variantThe thing that I love the most about the Maxx is that you never know what you’re going to get. I should probably rephrase that. If you didn’t read the series when it was originally out you’ll not know what you’re going to get. The sheer uniqueness and wackiness of this series is simply mindboggling, with it’s fun stories being very lively and warm hearted.

Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs scripts are easily one of the key reasons for the series success, as they put so much life and soul into the tales that it’s almost impossible not to love them. In saying that I did feel that this story was a little too crazy for me, as despite being fun and overall enjoyable I prefer the more grounded Maxx stories. Kieth and Messner-Loebs do however keep one of the key traits that I’ve enjoyed about the series and that’s the real life aspect and the indepth character psyche, showing how it’s important to overcome your fears.

As always the artwork is simply out of this world with Kieth showing that he knows exactly how this story should look (and with him also writing the tale this probably wasn’t hard for him). I especially enjoyed how he changed his style ever so slightly for the better part of the issue, as with Maxx being stuck in a cartoon nightmare for the better part of the issue Kieth had to portray a more fun tone, opposed to the normally gritty one. Combine all this with the colours from Rodna Pattison and you have artwork that is both vibrant and eye catching.

The Maxx: Maxximized continues to bring fun and enjoyment back to comics as despite this story being a little too weird for me it was still enjoyable having some interesting motives and fabulous artwork. Recommended

  • + Weird and gritty art that only Sam Kieth can produce!
  • + The colours add a lot of punch to this classic series.
  • + Teaches us to face our fears.
  • - Maybe a little too wacky for me.

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