Mayor Good Boy Goes Hollywood | Review
Mayor Good Boy Goes Hollywood
Writer: David Scheidt
Artist: Miranda Harmon
RH Graphic; $9.99
Just how good a good boy is Mayor Good Boy? He can sit, he can shake, he can speak—perfect English, in fact—and he can even run a municipal government…with a little help from his assistant Ms. Monica and his junior helpers Abby and Aaron Ableman. Yes, Mayor Good Boy is such an accomplished dog that he has attracted the attention of a documentary filmmaker, who wants to make a film about his rise to power in Greenwood.
It turns out that it may not be the best time for a film crew to visit town, however, as there’s been a rash of petty thefts, with the bold thieves stealing everything they can get their hands on…even a take-out pizza right out of the hands of the mayor’s entourage. Will the ring of thieves put a stop to the Mayor Good Boy movie? That’s the plot of Mayor Good Boy Goes Hollywood, the second in writer Dave Scheidt and artist Miranda Harmon’s series about the town that elected a talking dog as its mayor.
As in the original, the focus isn’t so much on the high concept of a dog being mayor as it is on the Ableman children and their relationship to the mayor. Here they’re grounded for a time—thanks to Aaron’s bold but dangerous attempt to apprehend the pizza thief—and we see just how valuable the kids are to the smooth operation of the city. We also learn of Abby and Mayor Good Boy’s first meeting, back before he was mayor and was just Good Boy, and we see what a good person, er, dog, he really is.
Scheidt and Harmon do a fine job of presenting a fun, funny, low-stakes adventure packed with gags, wherein seemingly every character, no matter how incidental, is given a joke of their own. This series is a winning one.
About J. Caleb Mozzocco
J. Caleb Mozzocco is a way-too-busy freelance writer who has written about comics for online and print venues for a rather long time now. He currently contributes to Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog and ComicsAlliance, and maintains his own daily-ish blog at EveryDayIsLikeWednesday.blogspot.com. He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.
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