BLOOD SOAKED PANELS Review- TURBO KID: APPLE’S LOST ADVENTURE

tkEarlier this year, I kept seeing posts on social media in reference to TURBO KID. I had no idea what people were talking about, but the word “awesome” kept being used. A common comparison was MAD MAX when I looked into it and was intrigued by the logo design that reminded me of something I would see on a Sega Genesis cartridge. I blind bought the Ultra Turbo Charged Collector’s Edition off the official site and found a copy in my lap within a week. I put that Blu-ray disc in and cranked the volume up and allowed my senses going into overload with outrageous visuals and uplifting soundtrack invaded every part of me.

In the film, it’s an alternate version of 1997 and a teenage comic book geek simply referred to as The Kid, learns to survive on his own in The Wasteland, a place filled with trash and water is a rare resource to come by. While used to being a loner, The Kid hesitantly befriends Apple, a way too happy character who is best described as vibrant. Her need to build a friendship comes off strong, but she appears harmless and ends up being the companion The Kid never knew he wanted. The Wasteland is run by Zeus, whose henchmen take Apple and leads to a series of crazy adventures for The Kid as he takes on the persona of his favorite comic book character after discovering his armor. TURBO KID is the bloodiest kids movie I’ve ever seen and it’s a good time throughout.

Playing off of the comic book vibe of the film, a limited to a 1000 copies edition comic was released earlier this year letting fans in on what Apple was up to prior to the events of the film. The color design and artwork by Jeik Dion help readers drown in nostalgia as the short one off feels like a dive into vintage comics you were not allowed to read as a kid. It’s a relic of sorts, the stuff collectors yearn for.

As viewers of the film are aware, Apple turned out to be not so human, a robot designed specifically for friendship which is why she’s so eager to please. When we first meet her in the movie, she is by a nameless corpse who is quickly forgotten, but here we get somewhat of his story. It turns out, in a not so subtle nod to THE TERMINATOR, that man made robots had gone and the ultimate baddie, the Skeletron 2000, was a vicious invention that annihilates everything in its path. In response to this, Turbo Riders, soldiers born and raised to kill the robots, were created and a war that was doomed from the started began. Turbo Riders’ most dangerous weapon was the turbo glove that fans of the film will instantly recognize, but they were too late. The apocalypse hits and decades later we have Apple roaming the desert land with a sick kid who has lost all hope. He drinks toxic water and is found dead after Apple goes to find clean water. She doesn’t fully comprehend his physical state and continues to believe he is still alive. She lugs whats left of his corpse around and finds herself in the middle of other battles where her hidden talents burst to life, always flashing that contagious smile.

This spinoff comic is a must for fans of TURBO KID who want to delve back into that world and Apple is the best way to explore it. I couldn’t help but laugh when she comes across a group of badass bikers and she keeps referring to them as the ice cream people, without any sense of dread that she might be in danger. Her naive sensibility is what makes her so endearing, making Apple a presence that can be expanded across all mediums.