- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Series: Pokémon
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (June 5, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569315760
- ISBN-13: 978-1569315767
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,705,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pikachu Meets the Press: A Pokemon Newspaper Strip Collection Paperback – June 5, 2001
Top Customer Reviews
As for the strip itself, if you're expecting a strip version of the hit TV show, you'll be mistaken. It's kind of an alternate version of Pokemon. Instead of going out earning badges and getting into tussles with Team Rocket, Ash, Brock, Misty and Gary all go to junior high school, along with their Pokemon, which almost always cause mischeif. Ash's mom has a much bigger role in the comic since Ash is home now, and she's usually shown going slowly crazy from all of Ash's Pokemon wrecking her house. The art is kind of sketchy in places, as you get the sense some of the strips were rushed, but most of the time the art is pretty consistant and has it's own style from the cartoon and comic books and gives it an "American" sense of design.
Sometimes the strip doesn't make sense. In the beginning, Ash has a Metapod, then it evolves into a Butterfree, but later on, a few months later, he comes across another Metapod and catches it, claiming he's never seen one before. But the comic improves as it goes along, and it's a shame it ended when it did, since it was getting a lot better. Ash and Misty's exploits in the comic are pretty funny, especially the running gag where Misty attacks Ash with Starmie, but even funnier are when the Pokemon are by themselves and we can read their thoughts. Who knew Psyduck had such a deep train of thought?
Overall, this was a pretty good comic, and it was too bad it barely lasted a year. Pokemon fans, especially older ones, owe it to themselves to check out "Pikachu Meets The Press" if they haven't already.
So this comic is a little strange in that it requires you to know the characters from the first season of the pokemon anime pretty well, but it also demands you accept that this comic is in it's own continuity separate from the anime. For example, Ash is not on a journey to be a pokemon master. He's just an ordinary kid that goes to school on a daily basis, who also happens to have pokemon. Misty and Brock go to his school, they're not Gym Leaders. Gary is still his rival, but once again, he's just a school kid. They only mention Professor Oak by name once, and Team Rocket isn't really an element in this comic, The events of the anime didn't happen, Ash hasn't even seen a Metapod before, despite having already met Brock. I don't have a problem with this at all, I just see it as a different continuity, sort of like the Electric Tale of Pikachu.
It's meant to be a funny book. You know, think of Peanuts, Garfield, Zits, or whatever comes in your weekend newspaper. The humor is hit and miss, but I actually got a decent amount of laughs out of it. If you're a poke shipper, you'll be happy to know that it's teased a little in this. But it might not be what you're hoping for.
The artwork isn't really on par with the usual pokemon merchandise.Read more ›