Say hello to Mr. Crypt! Nobody’s favorite suit-wearing mustachioed living skeleton. Down on his luck and feared for no reason at all, can Mr. Crypt and his friendly pet rat make the best of a bad situation?
Who says that a walking talking skeleton can’t be a friendly skeleton? Well, then again, thanks a certain famous specter we also questioned whether or not there could really be a friendly ghost. In issue one of Mr. Crypt, we follow along as this poor skeleton just can’t seem to get a break.
One night in the year 1932, a lightning strike mysteriously brings a skeleton to life. Confused as to what happened, he heads into town looking for answers but is automatically judged and feared for being a skeleton. Even with a clever disguise, he can’t do anything as simple as buying cheese for his pet rat without getting chased. That is, until he hides in the library and finds that the elderly librarian is the first and only one to treat him like a person.
This simple fun idea is appropriately teamed up with a set of artwork that’s also simple, but not dumbed down. It’s a bold and clean approach giving us just the visuals we need to follow along without going overboard. I also just really love seeing the ways people draw skulls and skeletons and this very cartoony look was another fun way to see it done.
Honestly, this book is a quick read through with some chuckles, some awws, and an all around entertaining dose of comic. It’s set up in the fashion of multiple Sunday comic strips, yet is completely linear and ties together well. If you want a good little book to check out if you want something short and sweet to amuse yourself with for a few.
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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.