Comic Review: Creature Tech

Published: August 10th, 2010 (original – black and white), January 15th, 2019 (New Edition – colored)
Written by: Doug TenNapel
Art by: Doug TenNapel, Katherine Garner (New Edition, colors)

Image Comics, 224 Pages

Review:

Recently, I invested in Doug TenNapel’s upcoming graphic novel Bigfoot Bill. I was aware of Doug for a little while, as he is the creator of Earthworm Jim and several other video games and graphic novels. Getting ready for Bigfoot Bill, I wanted to read some of his other work. Creature Tech is the first of a few that I have read from a couple of his graphic novels I picked up.

All I can say really, is that I loved this story. It was cool, imaginative and pretty damn funny. Doug’s got a good sense of humor, which anyone would know from watching his YouTube channel but it really comes through in his writing.

The story is really a sci-fi romantic comedy at its core but TenNapel also taps into things that are important to him: religion, science, the search for truth. While a lot of people don’t like politics or religion in comics, Doug doesn’t do it in a heavy handed way and he doesn’t hold one higher than the other. Speaking as an atheist, I didn’t find this in any way preachy or propaganda-ish.

Ultimately, this is a really fun book that works for all ages. It has charm, character and I absolutely love the art style. I looked through a copy of the original black and white version but I ended up getting the New Edition, which is now colored. It’s a better version of the book, in my opinion. I love the colors and they add a new dimension to the story and liven it up quite a bit. Katherine Garner, Doug’s trusted colorist, did a fine job on this.

While I’ve read Doug’s stuff before, it has been awhile. This really made me happy in the end, I’m glad I picked it up and I’m really happy that I have Doug TenNapel’s Bigfoot Bill to look forward to in the near future.

In 2019, few comics make me smile while I read them. Creature Tech brought me to laughter multiple times.

Rating: 8.25/10
Pairs well with: other comics by Doug TenNapel, as well as Rob Schrab’s Scud: The Disposable Assassin and Rob Guillory’s Farmhand.

Comic Review: Scud, the Disposable Assassin: The Whole Shebang

Published: June 30th, 2011
Written by: Rob Schrab, Mondy Carter, Dan Harmon
Art by: Rob Schrab, Jack Gray, Dave Hartman, Jim Mahfood, Zac Rybacki, Dan Streng, Doug TenNapel, Ashley Wood

Image Comics, 781 Pages

Review:

If you like comic books with lots of crazy action and offbeat humor, than this may be the title you’ve been yearning for.

I had a friend in high school that used to read Scud all the time. I wasn’t big into it but I would still often times read through the comics he brought to school. Over time, I grew an appreciation for the character and the style and it was one of the first indie comics to really show me what else was out there beyond the Big Two.

Over the years, I had picked up a few single issues but I really wanted to give the whole series a read since it was only 24 issues long and not some monster epic like Dave Sim’s Cerebus, which also steered me towards more indie work.

Luckily, the whole run of Scud, the Disposable Assassin is collected in a thick paperback called The Whole Shebang. It’s certainly worth owning for any serious comic book reader or collector.

This release is a big fat brick of nearly 800 pages but reading through it was a breeze. Scud is just entertaining as hell and I love the art, even if other artists came in from time to time.

There aren’t many comics that actually make me laugh out loud but Scud is one of them. While I understand that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, those people probably don’t like tea and can’t be trusted anyway.

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: stuff by Doug TenNapel and Mike Mignola.