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Dear Creature Graphic Novel Review

Posted on May 23, 2012 by DecapitatedDan


Available at Amazon.com

    Issue: Dear Creature OGN
    Writer: Jonathan Case
    Artist: Jonathan Case
    Publisher: Tor Books
    Release Date: October 2011
    Price: $15.99

    “Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare’s plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

    Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Jonathan Case’s debut graphic novel Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined!”

    Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
    How in the world did I miss this book when it came out? Inside of the covers of this book, lies a story that blew me away and artwork that melted my eyes out of their sockets. The visuals were so GORE-Geous, and they were only presented in black and white. The real kicker though was the way that Case was able to show expression through facial features and body movements. Every panel had a real life feel to it and it just hit home with me, as it got me invested in the cast on a more personal level, like something you would get from watching a movie. The story itself nailed so many different levels; Horror ?, Humor ?, Romance ?, Mystery ?. Every single one of those concepts is covered and played out so well.

    The jokes from the crabs had me rolling on the floor. The horror elements were classic, which is what I expected with a “Monster” being the main character. The huge surprise was the dialogue. The sheer amount of time that Jonathan had to put into this writing to get it right would be mind-blowing to find out. It did take some getting used to, but once I got it down it was just poetry on the page. If you know me, you know I don’t give out 5 out of 5?s often, and this book is more than deserving of the highest score. It is so solid on every single level that I am sad to think it is over now.

    Do yourself a favor and make sure to check this one out. I missed out when it came out and I regret that I had to wait for it to be nominated for a Ghastly Award to finally have a chance to check it out.

    Artwork: 5.0 out of 5
    Story: 5.0 out of 5

    If you would like to buy or know more about Dear Creature you can find it at DearCreature.com and Amazon.com.

    Review by Dan Royer

    DriveThruComics.com

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