One and Done – Big Moose One-Shot

Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf – Writers
Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole – Artists
Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick – Colours
Jack Morelli – Letters

During the period of time when Archie was trying to reinvent itself by appealing to older readers with various types of stories, Big Moose would get a single issue to his name. Written and drawn by a plethora of people, it would turn out to be a quick, harmless and more importantly, fun read. Archie Comics, for the most part, can do no wrong and reading this issue starring everyone’s favourite jock makes one wish that it was an ongoing series rather than a single issue. It is also easy to see why it is only a single book as most always make it seem as if there is not a whole lot to Moose, though with a talented team at the helm or some sort of gimmick like sending him on adventures, Moose could very well hold his own. There are three tales in this book, the first dealing with the incredible hunger that Moose sometimes feels and his love of junk food. Moose will seemingly do anything to fill that craving, even going so far as to ruin his date with Midge. The second story deals with Moose being a little overwhelmed with life as everything decides to hit at once – a school paper, his anniversary with Midge, the big game on Friday and other little bits in between like helping his siblings with homework and dealing with Reggie Mantle. Moose knows he is not the smartest person around and he knows that people count on him and he never wants to disappoint no matter how much it wears on him. When it comes to being a good guy, Moose fits that bill and whether at school or at home, he gives his all. The final entry in this title features a kid named Colin, new to the school and a fan of Big Moose. He carries Moose’s gear, follows him everywhere and cheers him on louder than everyone else. Moose finds him to be a little annoying and at one point, wants nothing more to do with him but by the end of it all, after Colin stands up for himself, Moose begins to admire him and ends up counting him as a friend. The writing for each of these tales is solid and one can easily identify with Moose and every situation that he finds himself in within these pages. The artwork is slightly different from one story to the next but each is effective and well done. Starring one of Archie’s underutilized characters, this was a very enjoyable book and perhaps at some point in the future, Moose will be given another chance to appear in a title all his own.

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