Comic Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic – SDCC Ashcan

Published: July19th, 2018
Written by: Harold Buchholz, Joel Hodgson, Matt McGinnis, Mary Robinson, Seth Robinson, Sharyl Volpe
Art by: Mike Manly, Todd Nauck, Wes Dzioba
Based on: Mystery Science Theater 3000 by Joel Hodgson

Dark Horse Books, 16 Pages


I got this digital version of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 ashcan for free on Comixology. It was actually a free physical ashcan comic book that was given out at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con.

This thing is really short though and it’s only real purpose is to get you excited for the upcoming MST3K comic, which is supposed to hit in September.

This is a good prologue to what is coming and it sets up the story by showing Kinga Forrester and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (a.k.a. Max) debuting their new machine, which is able to take shitty comic books and turn them into a virtual world that Jonah and the ‘Bots have to live in and interact with.

All you get, as far as an adventure, is seeing Tom Servo accept this new form of Forrester torture and get swept into a “teen investigator” comic where he becomes, Tom Servo Teen Reporter. Even then, the story ends a bit anticlimactically, as 16 pages isn’t enough to really let you delve into this.

I am interested in the comic, as I have been a fan of MST3K since I was in middle school.

I just hope that the full comic gives you something to really sink your teeth into and is handled with care and respect for this franchise and these characters. It has the potential to be great. But from this, it is hard to gauge whether or not it will be.

Rating: 6.5/10
Pairs well with: The upcoming, hopefully longer and more exciting Mystery Science Theater 3000 comic.