Keith Gleason of Reckless Sidekick Productions (RSP) loves those Saturday morning cartoons of 1990s featuring some ordinary kid who accidentally finds himself with superpowers.
Kid Switch is an homage to that genre. To get the “sitch,” as Kim Possible, would say, I gave the comic to my 14-year-old. In his typical verbose and loquacious style, he told me that the comic was “good.” And upon prodding that he “liked it.” High praise indeed.
The first issue opens with a mysterious man appearing out of thin air and he is being chased by his doppelganger. Evidently, there is no love lost between them, as they are trying to kill each other. They are both wearing gauntlets which apparently allow them to travel, though it is not clear whether in time, different places, or different universes. The first guy loses one of his gauntlets in the battle, and then they jump elsewhere.
We are next introduced to middle-schooler Joey Swyck who, of course is shy, awkward, loves comics and has a crush on a girl in his class.
Sure, we’ve seen this before. But, that is the point. Gleason and company subscribe to the same belief that my 25-year-old has, the cartoons of the 1990s were great and now, not so much. RSP is not merely repacking nostalgia, but loving attempting to re-capture that period for a new generation. The folks at RSP do have some serious geek creds. For years they have been producing a web series about four geeks who obsess over Saturday morning cartoons and comics: Hero Envy. While the web series should be R- rated, their comics are more kid oriented, as befits guys trying to recapture the magic of their childhood.
If you are looking to kindle a love of the comics in your tween, or just looking to recapture the magic yourself, RSP and Kid Switch are nice places to start.