Comic Book Men Episode 1 Review

The concept of the show was a good one. We would get a look into the day to day life of Kevin Smith’s comic shop “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash”. This would be the show now known as “Comic Book Men”. Did the series deliver the goods?

That’s a really hard question to answer. I honestly feel like the show doesn’t know what it wants to be. It feels like the show could be made into 2-3 different shows and it wouldn’t be as cluttered as it came off.

The show seems to take place in Kevin Smith’s sound stage recording an episode of his podcast, SmodCast. It then alternates with clips of them doing some random things and people coming in to pawn off geeky memorabilia as they’re talking about the stories of what happened. Kevin Smith seems to be on the show only to sell the show by his name. Smith does not appear in any of the segments featuring the antics of the shop employees. That could be its own show and be alright. The other part of the show is weird people coming in to pawn off geeky stuff and the shop staff being dicks about how much they’ll the person for the stuff. This is just a rehash of EVERY pawn show currently on and adds nothing new to the genre.

Comic Book Men just came off as a jumbled mess with no identity and doesn’t do anything new to distinguish itself from the other similar genre shows it’s trying to emulate. I personally don’t see myself watching this very long or even see the show last that long. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t very good either.


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