Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Comic Review: Creature Tech

Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel published by Top Shelf Productions in 2003.

Creature Tech is a really fun comic. The pace is good, the story feels complete and fully developed, the art is fantastic and appropriate for the story. I enjoyed the stuffing out of Creature Tech.

Doug TenNapel's art is fantastical, imaginative and fun. TenNapel's line work is amazing: thick and meaty in places, delicate and detailed in others. The use of shading and negative space throughout the comic is really a joy to behold.

My only complaints are about the story. The characters are fun, interesting and funny. The main character is the only one that gets fleshed out to any serious degree and, while he has all the accoutrements of an arc of character development, they never really come together in any way.

He's an athiest, and his dad's a pastor, but the story revolves around the shroud of turin and it's ability to resurrect the dead. Being an athiest while holding unambigous, undeniable, evidence of a supernatural power that comes directly from God and can transcend death makes the character seem like an idiot. Also, the whole athiest thing is presented in the beginning as if it has some importance to the story but it has exactly zero effect on anything that the main character does.

These things aside, the comic is really fun. It's very funny. It's bursting with cool ideas, wacky and weird characters and bizarre events. I laughed out loud a number of times.

I recommend Creature Tech with only the smallest of reservations


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