Review: Zombillenium Vol 2 & Betty Blues

November 29, 2014 4 stars, Book Review, Comics, Multiple Reviews 4 ★★★★

Review: Zombillenium Vol 2 & Betty BluesZombillenium Vol 2: Human Resources by Arthur De Pins
Series: Zombillenium #2
Published by NBM Publishing Inc on August 1, 2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 52
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Zombillenium: Gretchen

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the witches, vampires, werewolves, and other undead in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, the mother of two peculiar sons that the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere. Presented in Arthur de Pins’s trademark, tongue-in-cheek black humor, this is a stunning beautiful, fully painted graphic novel that plays on that traditional horror genre.

four-stars

Zombillenium is a really fun graphic novel (although a bit short for a hardcover). I read and really enjoyed the first volume and based on that one along with volume 2 I think that each volume while featuring the Zombillenium theme park (an amusement park run by “monsters”) and having a big cast of characters with some repeating characters, each volume so far has had it’s own little mini story line. This one was about a husband, wife and teenage boy family that go to the theme park and both the mother and son seem to cause no small amount of trouble. The mother is a big loser who has some history with the park unbeknownst to the father and son and the son has an even bigger tie to the park that will pack a big surprise when he finds out. All this takes place at the same time while  a secondary plot is going on of some humans from the local town infiltrating the amusement park hoping to sabotage things because there is a lot of discontent from the local human population over the amusement park. Fun and comical and definitely worth a read, but again as I said I wish we got more pages per volume.

Art & Illustrations – 5 Stars

Story – 4 Stars

Overall – 4 stars

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Betty Blues

Betty Blues by Renaud Dillies
Published by NBM Publishing Inc on August 1, 2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 78
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.


Little Rice Duck has built himself quite the reputation around the West Wood, playing his trumpet in bars with their smoky, sweaty ambience, tequila sunrises, and jazz. All he needs is that Betty character, one bitch bathing in expensive champagne. But like the champagne, he’d much prefer she just stay chilled. In this graphic novel, the acclaimed author brings together his love for music and comics.

Betty Blues is a cool story but ultimately not the type I would normally enjoy. It was a woe is me type of graphic novel that reminded me of old black and white movies set to sad music except in this case all of the characters were animals. The art was a really rough fun sketch style that was very appealing but the character designs didn’t always feel consistent on some of the characters. For instance Betty’s character design versus Rice’s design. The story boils down to Rice is obsessed with his music and one night his girl Betty leaves him for a rich cat and so Rice tosses away his horn in anguish and then goes about getting it back. We also see Betty’s side of things. Ultimately though I wasn’t overall invested in the type of story that it was. Still enjoyable for a quick read.

Art & Illustrations – 3.5 Stars

Story – 3 Stars

Overall – 3

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