Friday, January 15, 2010

Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins (review)

Title: Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer
Author: Van Jensen
Illustrator: Dusty Higgins
Pages: about 120
Genre: Graphic Novel
Dewey Decimal: YP GN Jen
ISBN: 978-1-59362-176-6

This is not the Pinocchio I knew as a kid, that is for certain. The Pinocchio I knew was the soft, lovable, Disney version that I am sure most people are familiar with.

Jensen and Higgins give you a much more hard-core Pinocchio that would kick the ass of any other Pinocchio out there. This dude could probably kick my ass. Thankfully he stays on the page and kills vampires.

And that is essentially what you get when you read this short graphic novel. The artwork is very dark (it is black and white, but it has a very noir feel to it) but it fits the mood of the story. Pinocchio is mad at the vampires and he is intent on making them pay. And they do.

One thing to keep in mind when you read this is the humor. Sure, it is a dark story in some places and even a bit sad, but the humor is awesome. Sometimes light and airy, sometimes dry and witty, the humor really makes this book a killer.


1979 semi-finalist said...

I've been wanting to check this out - seems like you liked it - it definitely looks humorous...I mean Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer...the title says it all, yeah?

TK42ONE said...

It was funny. And it was that dry wit that I enjoy too. Certainly worth your time and money.