Sunday, September 5, 2010

Melvin Monster Volume 2

What I try to do with reviews at this Bookshelf blog is keep it simple and spoiler-free, and let you know whether I'd recommend you pick up a copy of what I just read. Seems to work okay. This time, a brief review of Melvin Monster Volume 2 (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010)

The second volume of Melvin Monster was actually released several months ago, but I waited until my son was in town to pick up a copy, knowing that he enjoys it more than anybody else. The dude is thirteen, clearly a couple of years (at least) outside the original target audience for these comics, but he still chuckles and guffaws all the way through them. Although I've never once heard him exclaim "BAW" or "YOW." Yet.

Melvin Monster was written and drawn by John Stanley and it's a silly and surreal title where a fun-loving and kindhearted green beastie tries to go to school and avoid being eaten by his pet crocodile. His father's incredibly bad-tempered and violent and nobody's seen his uncle's head in years and his witch friend can barely control her temperamental broom.

Like the first volume, this is a wonderfully-designed (it's Seth again, naturally) hardcover that reprints three issues from the 1960s series by John Stanley. The reproduction is nice - it's done on that slightly yellowed faux-aged paper - and it's essential reading for anybody with younguns in the house. I'd actually call this essential for anybody who might have visitors in the seven to ten bracket. Kids might very well really enjoy a trip to "Crazy Uncle So-and-So's house" if they could be assured of a bookshelf full of John Stanley. What the heck's keeping you? Hugely recommended.

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