This is, as Paul Cornell’s introduction states, very silly. Squid ninjas and a bear in a mechanical suit are just a couple of the crazy things you’ll find in this book. But it’s a little meatier than that sounds, with satirical jabs at colonialism, and the comedy is a bit darker than you typically find in an all-ages tale. I compare it to The Gloom by Tony Lee and to some 2000 A.D. stuff by Al Ewing or Rob Williams.
The first story is all flashbacks, too, with no real outcome. That would bother me, but I think it’s on purpose, another spoof of stiff-upper-lip Allan Quatermain-type tales that relied too strongly on narrators recapping events via journal. I was slightly disappointed that the entire book was not taken up by the first story, but the second was also fun – if even sillier and less satirical. In it, our “heroes” battled the typical Euro-monsters. The third story was even slighter still and confounds memory; it may have been the first story the creators had tried with these characters, and as such was the roughest.
I’m reviewing the kindle edition, so I must say that it provided a smooth reading experience. Double-tapping enlarged the pages with no loss of resolution, and the text was very readable. The art was cartoony, but stayed crisp. Plus, it's only $3.99 on kindle. You can't go wrong for that, especially when the first story is so sharp.
- Paperback: 82 pages
- Publisher: Markosia Enterprises (1 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909276081
- ISBN-13: 978-1909276086
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.6 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 191 g
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