Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Volume One

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After seeing Geppetto die at the hands of vampires, Pinocchio swears revenge in this darkly funny graphic novel. As the vampires plot the enslavement of mankind, only a one-puppet army stands in their way. But will a wooden boy and his endless supply of stakes - courtesy of plenty of lies and his elongating nose - be enough to save the day?
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Overview

After seeing Geppetto die at the hands of vampires, Pinocchio swears revenge in this darkly funny graphic novel. As the vampires plot the enslavement of mankind, only a one-puppet army stands in their way. But will a wooden boy and his endless supply of stakes - courtesy of plenty of lies and his elongating nose - be enough to save the day?
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This enjoyable reworking of Carlo Collodi's classic tale drops the magically animated puppet into a horror movie plot. After his maker/father Geppetto is killed by vampires, Pinocchio tries to protect the disbelieving inhabitants of his village, aided only by woodcarver Master Cherry, a greatly aged Blue Fairy and the ghost of the nagging cricket he squashed some time ago. As that last reference indicates, this is not the sentimentalized Disney version of the story; the protagonist of this book is one tough little puppet. Furthermore, although he's no Buffy Summers, as a vampire fighter Pinocchio has the advantage of a built-in wooden stakeā€”as long as he remembers to tell lies at the right time. Jensen's script is clever, full of irreverent irony. But the highlight of the book is Higgins's b&w art that offers page after page of amazement. Swirling, whirling, jittery, skittery, the story dances gracefully from grin to grimace and back again. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593621766
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    Dark and Twisted with Humor

    If this was how Pinocchio was really supposed to go, it would never be a Disney movie. The beginning part of the book gives you the history on how Pinocchio was originally written, which again is no Disney feature. I never knew that Pinocchio was such a dark character, but it makes complete since. Why else have a wooden nose that grows back every time he lies, if not to snap it off and be used as a stake in vampire slaying. Yep. Makes sense.

    The story is dark and twisted, but still has some humor in it. I like graphic novels that aren’t focused on superheros and while Pinocchio is still doing some superhero work, it doesn’t feel forced. The bad guys are simply that, bad guys, and the good guys are good. It’s pretty cut and dry when it comes to that portion. I’ll be picking up the follow up to see where the story goes.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

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