“Random Mexican nerd mayhem in the land of Nerdonia.”
Nerdmigos by IAMO stays true to its name by offering high quality nerd content. In fact, I’m not sure I caught all the references, but you super nerds out there would just love this comic. Although I understand how devastating it might be for a rare collectible to be damaged, the impact it has on me, versus someone who might actually really care about those items, is vastly different. This is a comic that has a very specific audience, yet it is an audience that dominates the comic community so there is no worry about only attracting a small reader base.
That being said, IAMO did a fantastic job of incorporating mainstream content into this comic as well, so it has a little bit of something for everyone. Actually, there is a fair amount of dig in the beginning on Twilight, which I can only assume is because the comic came out at the same time as the movies. It’s a smart play for Nerdmigos to target content that is relevant for that time and IAMO does an excellent job with this.
Essentially, Nerdmigos targets content that is considered “nerd” categories such as books, comic-based movies, and collectible items. However, thanks to Marvel and similar companies, mainstream media is now all for it and this comic takes advantage of that. There’s content for super nerds, occasional nerds, and mainstream nerds alike.
The writing is relatively well-done, with follow-through punchlines, and easy to follow placement and flow of conversations. There are a few instances of spelling and grammar mistakes, but for the most part it is fairly professional work.
There is a bit of a cultural barrier so some of the words go over my head, which inevitably ruins some of the punchlines for me. There are also a lot of jokes that I don’t quite grasp, or I do understand them, but don’t particularly enjoy. This mainly has to do with anytime the “douchebag” characters interact with a female character.
Aside from those jokes that aren’t really in my definition of humour, IAMO’s overall writing quality is up to par with my standards. I’m pleased with the comic’s uniqueness in mixing two languages, and although it creates a minimal barrier for me (I can easily just look up what the word means, it isn’t a major hindrance), the words do occur again making it easy to follow along once you have the translation. These words also occur so rarely that it doesn’t affect my general perspective and enjoyment of Nermigos.
The art is as basic as it gets, with some pages coloured, but the majority is simplistic greyscale. This is actually a positive for IAMO. When you have a gag-a-day style comic, you don’t want to spend a lot of time making fancy backgrounds and details. You wouldn’t be able to release as frequently as you would want to if that were the case.
However, it would be a bonus if there were a few more key background pieces to help set a scene -as it currently stands, scenes are set via titles and narrative. Some scenes don’t require backgrounds as they are just quick gag strips, but others are more story-based jokes and would benefit from detailing in the background.
The paneling in this comic is very clean, with bold lines that make it obvious where each panel is and where your eyes should move next. An overall basic, professional, layout. Some of the strips are only one panel as well, which works perfectly fine for this style of comic.
To conclude, Nerdmigos by IAMO is a perfectly suitable comic for anyone who needs a bit more nerd in their life (and who doesn’t?). If you are looking for a quick read just to add a little bit of light into an otherwise dull day, it doesn’t hurt to give this comic a try. Maybe you’ll find something you really love.