Graphic Novel Goodness: Monster on the Hill

July 13, 2013 5 stars, Book Review, Comics 4 ★★★★★

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Monsters Monster Monsters! I love them! Creepy, Scary, I don’t care!

Monster on the Hill

Top Shelf is proud to announce the arrival of Rob Harrell, creator of the syndicated comic strip Big Top, and his first graphic novel series, Monster on the Hill. In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster – much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is… except for one. Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling! Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts! “Really fun, goofy, extremely silly fantasy for readers of all ages, crying out for reviewers and critics to make appalling puns of the ‘monstrously good’ variety.” — Neil Gaiman

Monster on the Hill
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My Thoughts:

Monster on the Hill was an extremely fun read! The art was delightful and I cannot wait to see more by this artist/writer. It was a wonderfully silly story about monsters. But of course one monster in particular. Rayburn, he is a monster that didn’t know much about how to be a monster. Instead of scaring, destroying and causing chaos he mopes about all the time in his cave, sighing and moaning of how pathetic he is. At it’s heart this story is about learning to believe in yourself. That not all of us need to be alike, indeed finding those things that are special about just you while learning to use what talents you have. An excellent edition to any graphic novel collection and enjoyable for adults and children alike!


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4 Responses to “Graphic Novel Goodness: Monster on the Hill”

  1. Trix

    The cover dude reminds me a little bit of Uncle Deadly from THE MUPPET SHOW–always a good thing! This sounds fun…

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Uncle Deadly? Oh man – I don’t remember that name – now I have to go google it to find a picture. I love the muppets and ANYTHING Jim Henson. I recently reviewed Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Graphic Novel! Oh yes and The Dark Crystal graphic novels!! can you tell…I love him? hahah

  2. Cali W.

    This book looks really cute and I love the artwork! Great pick. 😉