While I never found anything light-hearted about high school, some people apparently have. Or, it’s their way of dealing with the hell that high school is. While my high school experience was something more akin to the way Joss Whedon portrayed it in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil present their high school experience in Forever Freshman with less dark humor, maybe like that of The Simpsons. The art is definitely very comic-stip while the writing aspires to that all ages vibe.
Segura’s art in Forever Freshman is in fact really good. The style is completely appropriate and mood setting. It’s silly, crazy and somehow very efficient. And having met both Segura and Mendivil who the comic portrays and is based on, the likeness of both men in the comic is uncanny – there was a lot of time spent making these characters come to two-dimensional life. The storytelling aspect of the comic, panel to panel is also very well done, good stuff.
In terms of writing, Mendivil’s overall concept work is very good with great setup and funny characters that flush out the world around the two dimensional versions of Segura and Mendivil. However, while I did find myself laughing out loud at least a couple times, there are several jokes that did not quite hit the mark due to timing and some of them were just too expected and easy. For a book that tries very hard to set it self up in comedy, it could have been more successful. All read and done, the book is a great step-away from the usual comic book worlds, the art is smart and the concepts, while completely unlike my own high school experience, is light-hearted and enjoyable.