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Tales from the Crypt continues its popular style of parody in an all-new format! This time, the popular musical “Wicked” and the best-selling books associated with it can’t hide from the Crypt-Keeper and his GhouLunatics. Combined with a new story featuring the star of the hit graphic novel Tales from the Crypt #8 “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” and another new story from Star Trek Fan favorite David Gerrold “Sales of a Deathman”, this Tales from the Crypt graphic novel is not to ...
Tales from the Crypt continues its popular style of parody in an all-new format! This time, the popular musical “Wicked” and the best-selling books associated with it can’t hide from the Crypt-Keeper and his GhouLunatics. Combined with a new story featuring the star of the hit graphic novel Tales from the Crypt #8 “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” and another new story from Star Trek Fan favorite David Gerrold “Sales of a Deathman”, this Tales from the Crypt graphic novel is not to be missed!
Posted November 10, 2010
We begin with "Dead Dog Dies," a tale of a poor little zombie boy named Glugg. It is the one-year anniversary of his death. To his dismay, he soon realizes the living do not like zombies enough to give them presents. Taking a different approach, he puts the word out to his fellow zombies - explains to them what presents are and gives them his wish list. His excitement boiled over as he unwrapped his presents - expecting money in a card or the newest game system. Excitement fizzled when upon opening his gifts he uncovered boxes of dirt and a broken off jawbone. However, with the help of his one living friend, Crowley - all just might not be lost! Our next tale, "Kill, Baby, Kill," an offshore drilling rig disaster plays havoc on Mother Nature and she takes revenge. Okay, this story seems familiar - too close for comfort! What do you get when you pit a big business - some know it all environmentalists, and a surprise nemesis against each other? One heck of a scary story! Last but certainly not least is the 'Broadway Sin-Sation.' "Wickeder," is a play introduced by the Crypt - Keeper's friend, the old witch, a squeakquel to Frank N. Balmed's classic, The Wizard of Ooze! I now must add - this was my favorite tale of all, and my eight-year-old grandsons favorite as well. You follow Dotty's trial in the murder of Alfalfa, the wickeder witch, and then you are introduced to the oppressed munchkins. Need I say more? It is a ninety-degree turn from the classic story indeed - but what a fun read! The illustrations for each story are amazing and fit the storylines to a tee. I found the tongue - in - cheek dialogue throughout the tales blissfully amusing. With just the right amount of guts and gore this "Tales From The Crypt" selection gets two thumbs up! I found myself laughing out loud numerous times from the witty dialogue and humor - quite embarrassing really. You will have no problem getting your child to sit still for this read, that is a promise. These stories follow in the "Tales of the Crypt" tradition and will capture the imagination of all ages. For some truly enjoyable reads look for, "The Hardy Boys - Crawling With Zombies," "Breaking Down," "Nancy Drew - Vampire Slayer," and man more creepy reads. Review by, Barbara Watkins for BookpleasuresWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2010
The Crypt-Keeper returns with his GhouLunatics for the ninth incarnation of twisted tales and peculiar parodies. Three tales are introduced by the Crypt-Keeper and friends in ghastly good humor. The first tale is a sequel. Because the parody of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was so successful, Glugg returns in "Dead Dog Dies!" Celebrating his one year death day isn't all Glugg thought it would be-zombies don't do gifts. Thanks to his one living friend, Crowley, Glugg may still have something other than dirt to open. In the second story, nature takes revenge after an oil spill at an off-shore drilling rig. "Kill, Baby, Kill!" pits big business, green advocates and a surprise avenger against each other. Who will win? The scariest part of this story is how close it hits home. The graphic novel ends with the Crypt-Keeper's friend, the Old Witch, presenting a play. "Wickeder" is based on "Frank N. Balmed's Wizard of Ooze." The story follows Dotty's trial in the murder of Alfalfa, the Wickeder Witch. All preconceptions are destroyed in this retelling of a classic story. Because this graphic novel continues in the Tales of the Crypt tradition, readers will expect a bit of guts and gore with a lot of tongue-in-cheek. All of that is served with illustrations that seamlessly shift styles to enhance each story. Add text that delivers shocks and laughs simultaneously and you've got a fun read for older tweens. Parody fans of all ages will find this a satisfying read as well. For me, the word play was most fun. The Crypt-Keeper's puns were fairly obvious but still made me chuckle. However, the witticisms in the three main stories often had me laughing out, (I apologize to the people sitting near me at library). That wittiness is why I like this book so much: I think humor is the best way to coerce reluctant readers into picking up books. With the humor and terrific art, I expect many reluctant readers will be making friends with the Crypt-Keeper and his GhouLunatics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.