Tales of Supernatural Law

Tales of Supernatural Law

by Batton Lash
     
 
Beware the creatures of the night -They have Lawyers! And these lawyers are Alanna Wolf and Jeff Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre. This collection is volume 1 in the Tales of Supernatural Law graphic novel series.

Overview

Beware the creatures of the night -They have Lawyers! And these lawyers are Alanna Wolf and Jeff Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre. This collection is volume 1 in the Tales of Supernatural Law graphic novel series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd are far from ordinary attorneys. In fact, these "counselors of the macabre" offer their legal services to a rogues' gallery of Hollywood monsters. In Lash's long-running horror/comedy series, even swamp creatures and zombies need lawyers. This collection of the first eight issues of the comic shines thanks to Lash's quirky art style , his knack for a good pun and the sitcom-like premise. Lash mixes genres capably, with few missteps and a pleasant, if not unsurprising, end result. The stories are peppered with silly character moments ("You serve zombies?" "We serve anybody."). Wolff and Byrd also manage to stand out amidst the mutants and monsters, with Byrd serving as a rather dopey foil to his sharp-witted partner. Supernatural Law serves as a refreshing respite from the pretentiousness that's found in mainstream comics these days. Like the best humor comics, Lash's collection proves to be more about fun-whether in the shape of a sultry supermodel or a ghoulish television host-than serious commentary. And that's far from criminal. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this topnotch horror spoof, Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd are lawyers with an unusual specialty: they're the Counselors of the Macabre, dealing with all matters supernatural. Cartoonist Lash created the duo in 1979 for a comic strip that ran in the Brooklyn Paper and the National Law Journal, and in 1994 he started a self-published comic book, the first eight issues of which are collected here. The attorneys defend the swamp monster Sodd, whose celebrity goes to his leafy head; represent underpaid undead factory workers in "The Zombies Strike at Midnight"; and argue for ghoulish old-time horror TV host Bier-Meister against censorious forces. Lash's black-and-white artwork shows affinities with the work of Will Eisner (whom he studied under), 1950s EC horror comics, and Archie; his writing takes good-natured jabs at genre conventions (and writer Neil Gaiman) and reaches far in search of awful but roaringly hilarious puns. The stories here were previously collected in the out-of-print Wolff and Byrd Case Files, Vols. 1 and 2; this edition features new lettering, gray tones, and some redrawn panels. There are also three other Supernatural Law collections available. It's good fun, recommended for teen and adult humor fans. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963395498
Publisher:
Exhibit A Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Cartoonits Batton Lash,the creator of the humor/horror series Supernatural Law (aks Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre), studied cartooning an graphic arts at the School of visual Arts in New York, where his instructors included Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. After graduating he took on various art-related fobs, including copywriting and art for an ad agency and drawings for a variety of magazines, books, and other clients.

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