SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2017 (United Plankton)


CREDIT: United Plankton Pictures

Rating: 5/5 – Hilarious Dig at Diamond Followed by a Fun Story
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

This year’s SpongeBob offering for Free Comic Book Day 2017 is the full length story “The Great Funnybook Giveaway”.  The 1st page made a bit of internet buzz, particularly for this panel:


CREDIT: United Plankton Pictures

After this zinger targeted at Diamond’s virtual monopoly on comic book distribution and the overall declining sales of super-hero comics for many years, the story, by Jay Lender, settles into a standard SpongeBob tale where Mr. Krabs decides he wants to get his hands on some of those free comics so he can resell them later: “That’s an infinite percent markup!” he laughs.  Of course, standard merriment ensues as the close comic shop and they need to go on a trek to the next shop which happens to be across the Mesopelagic Zone, an intermediate depth of the ocean from 650 to 3000 feet where little light penetrates, also known as the “twilight zone” of the ocean, though not for the supernatural qualities of the TV show.  Jacob Chabot’s art was on model with what I remember of the cartoon show, and packed to the gills with sight gags (pun intended).

The quest for free comics brings a large cast of favorites together: SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy Cheeks, and Larry the Lobster for a fun romp filled with song, danger, and adventure before finally reaching the comic shop where the comics on display spoofing real titles with oceanic themes are great fun.  This issue grabbed ahold of a 5/5 rating from me on the basis of the single panel shown above which had me laughing out loud, but it held onto that rating by delivering a solid 21 page story that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though I’m not particularly a SpongeBob fan.  The entire package is wrapped up with an additional 7 pages of backup material.  I would recommend this comic if it was something I had to buy at normal price, that it was free makes it an exceptional entertainment value for the people who were able to pick it up at their local shop.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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