Punching Zoo includes a buttload of our favorite comics from the site, 30 brand-new, too-hot-for-the-Internet comics, “The Hot Date” (a choose-your-own-adventure where you decide the story), and a nice forward by Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit.
At some point or another, you’ve probably read one of the many webcomic strips from Cyanide and Happiness. It’s almost unavoidable if you spend any considerable amount of time on the internet. Not that you’d want to avoid them, because let’s face it, they are hilarious. Now with Punching Zoo, you have a whole boatload of them collected in one TPB, along with new ones we’ve never seen!
Cyanide and Happiness is comedy in its rawest and most blatantly honest form, holding absolutely nothing back with every new comic that gets released. It can and probably has touched upon almost every topic imaginable and finds a way to turn it into a joke. For this very reason, some people just can’t handle this insanely popular webcomic. It can be dark, it can be seriously inappropriate, but when it comes down to it, these comics look to give us all a much needed laugh.
There’s not much to be said about the artwork with Cyanide and Happiness. I mean, everything is stick figures and basic illustrations. All of that simplicity aside, they still manage to make a good effort at actual facial expressions and other details to get the point across.
If you can appreciate humor that pushes every envelope no matter how wrong it is, Punching Zoo is totally a book for you. Whether you’ve seen all or (somehow) none of the webcomic, this title should certainly be on your grab list for more laughs than I can say. Although, it goes without saying that it should be high up on your bookshelf so the young ones can’t get their grubby paws on it.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.