Published: July 8th, 2020
Written by: Denton J. Tipton
Art by: Kagan McLeod
Based on: characters by Robert Mark Kamen
IDW Publishing, 100 Pages
I’ve gotta say, this was better than I expected it to be. However, the fourth and final issue was a bit underwhelming.
This basically tells the story of the first Karate Kid movie from the perspective of Johnny. It shows scenes we all know but with Johnny as the main character, filling in the plot with new scenes that show how he feels about Daniel swooping in and winning over Alli, as well as his home life and a bit of his childhood drama.
We also get to see more of how John Kreese came into Johnny’s life and how his toxic influence led to Johnny making some bad decisions.
In the end, we also see Kreese walking off in disgust after Johnny loses to Daniel.
The problem with this is that it can’t stand on its own and it relies on you having seen The Karate Kid. Being that it also features Johnny talking to his students from Cobra Kai, you probably need to watch that show in order to get the full context of events.
I wasn’t a fan of the art and it felt sort of rushed and half-assed. But the story more than makes up for it and once you’re reading it, the art doesn’t matter as much. It’s not bad art, it’s just not great.
I’m not sure if there are more Cobra Kai comics planned but I’d probably read them.
Pairs well with: the Cobra Kai television series, as well as the original Karate Kid trilogy of films.