Monday, September 12, 2011

SPL Shelf Life [adult]

This review appeared in The Stratford Gazette on September 8th. Written by Robyn Godfrey, Librarian.

The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson with Jennyson Rosero

Those who like Christopher Moore’s books – You Suck, Fool, and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, to name but a few of the tamer titles – will be euphoric that he has contributed a story to the world of graphic novels. It should have been a movie, except (according to Moore) people are liars and it never got made, which is why he teamed up with a screenwriter (Ian Corson) to get this little gem out there.  The story is a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Independence Day and Free Willy. The heroes are a Squirrel mascot, a street-wise skateboarder, a computer games graphic artist, a wanna-be Navy SEAL, and an Orca trainer. The villains are little green men from outer space and their dragon-like pets. So yes, it is very much a Christopher Moore creation - the dialogue is trademark Moore (complete with the odd expletive), the story is just as antic, the characters are a mixture of the silly and bizarre – some of which are less silly and more bizarre than you want to know. The artwork by Jennyson Rosero is a combination of old-fashioned DC Comic Hero style and the angular expressiveness of Manga, with dark, atmospheric colouring from Cirque Studios fitting for an earth-has-just-been-devastated-by-lizards-flying-amok kind of story (without ever being too gory or gruesome).  Do our heroes all make it? No. Are the flying lizards all defeated? No. Does it have a happy ending? Maybe. Is that any reason for not reading The Griff? No. It is irreverent and funny and Whedonesque and a great merriment of an action adventure. Bon appetite!

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