Written by: Jeremy Sorese, Liz Prince, Coleman Engle, Grace Kraft, Chrystin Garland, and Kevin Panetta
Art by: Jeremy Sorese, Coleman Engle, Grace Kraft, Kelly Turnbull, Rachel Dukes, Chrystin Garland, and Jared Morgan
Published by: KaBOOM!
Release Date: 04/29/2015
What’s to Love: There’s a lot of heart in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, and a big part of that comes from the relationship between Steven and his dad, Greg. We’ve gathered some top indie talent for a collection of Greg-centric shorts that are sure to warm your heart.
What It Is: Steven Universe and the rest of the Crystal Gems are bonafide heroes, saving Beach City day after day. But you know who else is a hero? Greg Universe! Steven’s dad might not have Crystal Gem powers, but he’s a valuable member of the team, too! This oversized collection of shorts features father-and-son fun, as Greg teaches Steven some valuable life lessons.
- Steven is a young boy who inherits a magical gemstone that allows him to become a member of the Crystal Gems; a group of intergalactic warriors who protect the world. He is now trying to unlock the secrets of his gem and help keep the world a safe.
- Steven Universe is created by Rebecca Sugar, and is a TV series aired on the Cartoon Network. I believe it’s the first show on Cartoon Network to be created by a woman.
- This collection of short stories revolve around Steven and his father Greg. The collection is created by various top indie writers and artists.
- This comic excels at incorporating the multiple talents of the writers and artists into dynamic and layered storytelling. Not only does it allow for an interesting flow to the issue, it also allows you to see the characters from multiple viewpoints – ones that a single creator might not think to feature.
- I really enjoy the father and son focus. Greg is an interesting character who’s a lot of fun to read about. Greg passes on many valuable lessons to his son including ones that can’t be taught by the Crystal Gems. Even though Greg isn’t magical his bond with Steven has strength and power.
- Some of the stories in this issue are just plain fun but many of the shorts have deeper meanings that are both sentimental and emotional.
- My favorite short stories from this issue were ‘Universe and the Moon’ by Jeremy Sorese, ‘By Heart’ by Grace Kraft, and ‘Snap Shots’ by Grace Kraft and Kelly Turnbull.
- As with any artistic platform, it’s all a matter of personal taste, some art styles you love and others – not so much. In the case of ‘Steven Universe: Greg Universe’, I think most of the artwork is beautiful while the art in a few story vignettes didn’t appeal to my aesthetic preferences.
- This is a fun, one-off issue, that’s an entertaining read for both the fans of the show and those new to the characters.
- I found all of the stories added depth to the character of Greg Universe and his relationship with Steven. However, as it is based on a TV show I assume there must have been storyline restrictions. I’d love to see another one of these specials come out after we learn more about Greg on the show.
REVIEW: STEVEN UNIVERSE: GREG UNIVERSE SPECIAL #1