In Review: The Mighty Yeti One-Shot

This issue sows the seeds for further adventures,

The cover: There’s no credit on the inside cover given as to who the artist is for this, so I’m going to assume the interior artist Saumin Patel created this frontpiece. I picked this book up based on this cover image of the Yeti, so it’s obviously working for me. I like the design of the creature, with his long sharp nails, his tiny legs, and the look of determination on his face. The colors also pop, with all the violets giving his fur a blue tint. This cover got me to look inside and I purchased this as a result. Overall grade: A

The story: Satya is not having a good time in school. ‘I am not particularly handsome or particularly rich. I don’t play any sports, and my father isn’t anyone famous or important. In short, what I am is a nobody, one of those invisible kids who gets through each day by keeping his head down and trying not to get noticed.’ He has a crush on a girl named Ayesha, but she doesn’t know he’s alive. He gets picked on by bullies in school, but still manages to make his way home where he’s raised by his grandfather; his parents died with he was three. That night he and his grandfather celebrate his sixteenth birthday with the elder telling him, “Things get better, son. As you get older, they get easier, trust me on that.” The next day at school something unexpected happens: Ayesha asks to sit next to him and she holds his hand. Writer Arjun Raj Gaind doesn’t allow Satya to have too much fun, because something happens to land the boy in the hospital, where a doctor makes a puzzling discovery. Sayta and Ayesha have a night out, but it doesn’t go as the boy wanted. Gaind has a great surprise on Page 10, that soon becomes a matter of life and death on 12. Another character arrives to save the teen and in the process Sayta learns what his purpose is to be on Earth. This was a good origin story that really went into the backstory of why the boy is a Yeti (And, be honest, that’s no spoiler!). I was surprised by how much time is spent on this, but Sayta soon sets off in his new role trying to do good. His actions don’t go unnoticed as a pair see him and report his existence to their master; this plot line will obviously be continued in a later story. Another plot is broached on the final three pages. It was neat to see what happened to the minion, but who the ultimate villain is has been done several zillion times before, so it didn’t make an impact on me. Overall grade: B

The art: I didn’t want to read this book in my local comic book store, so I made a judgment on purchasing it because of the visuals by Saumin Patel. There’s no credit in this book given to the colorist of this issue, so, like the cover, I’m assuming it’s also by Patel. The book’s first two pages show the troubles that plague the young hero: acne, school, unrequited love, and bullies. Patel shows his day in painful detail, including lavishly detailed settings. The fifth panel on Page 2 is spectacularly painful to look upon. The tattoo tease in the final panel of 3 is a slick visual way to foreshadow something unusual about his grandfather. Ayesha is drawn very attractively, with her hair billowing about her. There’s a very funny visual at the bottom of 4 that summarizes quite precisely how a boy feels in regards to a girl. The fantasy elements of the book kick on on 10 and become fully shown on 11. This is where the visuals really took off. I love the design of both characters and how they fought. The arrival of a third individual on 13 increased my delight. The first panel on 14 is beautiful, and the transformation scene at the bottom of the page excellent. The next three pages cover the origin of the Yeti, and I’m more than willing to see Patel illustrate more of these episodes from the past. The visuals were like a blending of Moebius and Mike Mignola, two artists whose works I thoroughly enjoy, so seeing a combination of some of their elements is a quick way to get my approval. The Yeti’s first night on the streets occurs on 19 is good, but the panels are really too tiny for what’s  going on — this is the moment when the Yeti goes public, so it should be given much more space than what it receives. The tease of the two individuals on 20 and 21 is good and I hope that more of them is shown later. The supernatural action that effects a character on 23 isn’t clear as to what it is. When it’s shown again at the top of 24 it’s finally clear, but even this illustration is overly stylized. The coloring throughout the book is very soft, and that makes the visuals extremely pleasing to look at. The blues are very pretty at Satya’s house and violets come to forefront when the Yeti finally appears. Overall grade: B+ 

The letters: Aditya Bidikar is responsible for creating narration and dialogue (the same font), signage, sounds, computer texts, yells, the unique font of one character, and a projected character’s speech. I prefer a book that uses a different font for the dialogue and the narration, as it’s two entirely different forms of communication, and the sounds come off as really sharp throughout; for example, take a look at the sound on Page 2 — Doesn’t this look more suitable for something done with glass, rather than the object that’s employed? Mild nicks here and there, but a decent job. Overall grade: B

The final line: This issue sows the seed for further adventures, but as a stand alone book it contains too many similarities with other hero books. I’ll return for the next issue, but I’m hoping it does something new. Overall grade: B

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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