“Cricket jumps out of the pages of Critter as she takes on a Russian terrorist cell as well as tackling her own internal conflicts. Cricket has choices to make like any other super powered person, but has her life of crime and her desire to see the heroes of the world punished for her father’s death been worth the struggle?
Villain or hero is a decision she has to make on her own – or with some careful nudging from Paradox.”
Sometimes, in life, you just drop the ball. That’s what I did with this review. I was handed this book by its author back at the end of September and I read it the very same night, while sitting in a hotel room. I was so excited about it that I told people about it and somehow, my brain turned that into I wrote about it. It wasn’t until this past weekend when I realized that I hadn’t. My sincere apologies to Keith Thomas on that one. I goofed. Now, on with the review…
If you’re familiar with the Critter universe, you might recognize this little gal. In this book, we find out a little more about the girl who becomes Cricket. The story is fast paced and keeps you turning pages as fast as your eyes can take in the art and your mind can absorb the story. Big Dog Ink has a history of good artists and this book is no exception. When you combine it with the writing skills of someone like Keith Thomas, this book is sure to please not only fans of Critter, but fans of superheroes (and villains).
If I have one complaint it would be a continuity issue that occurs late in the book. Cricket is recognized on one page and then when she is “revealed” on the next, we’re supposed to believe that everyone is surprised. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but it doesn’t take away from the story. It just made me pause for a moment.
The Summary: Fans of Critter and even those who aren’t familiar with this book will want to go out and pick it up. If your local store doesn’t have it, tell them to order it. It will be worth the wait. Unfortunately, this book is a one shot. It’s honestly my opinion that this little girl could carry her own title and it’s one that I would add to my pull list. The combination of Keith Thomas and Corey Zayatz is a winner and Big Dog Ink would be smart to keep this pairing and keep this story going.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual authors.