Friday, October 09, 2015

Booknote: Monster Motors

Bryan Lynch, Monster Motors. San Diego, CA: IDW, 2015. ISBN: 9781631403378. 

Genre: comics and graphic novels
Subgenre: comic horror, cars
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

This can be a nice selection for the Halloween season. The comic has a cute little premise: cars and trucks as monsters. Vic Frankenstein and his robot assistant Igor move to Transylvania, Kentucky. He has finished college, and he is looking to set himself up. He buys a plot of land, site unseen, on the Internet, which turns out to be a big junkyard. He figures that he can use it for his experiments, but there is more to be found than he bargained for. For one, he has to deal with vampire motor Cadillacula. Then a group of motor monsters led by a hunter show up, and they want to capture Vic's motor monster truck.

This is entertaining, although Vic's cockiness and Miss Van Helsing's arrogance can be a bit irritating at times. Otherwise, there is plenty of action and comic horror to enjoy. The art is good, colorful. This is certainly a volume for older kids and younger teens. There is not much depth here, but it is meant to be fun reading. For public libraries, this is a good title for Halloween displays too. For academic libraries that collect graphic novels, I'd say this is an optional title.

I liked it overall; it's a quick and easy read.

3 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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