Two brothers, Wirt and Greg, find themselves lost in the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. With the help of a shadowy Woodsman and an ill-tempered bluebird named Beatrice, they travel through the foggy land hoping to find their way home and encountering all manner of adventures along the way.
Right from the first few pages, I knew this was going to be a wild little story. After watching enough Adventure Time and other Cartoon Network shows in passing, you just get a sense for it. Every once in a while you need that brand of utter silliness though. With the show having just started, the Over the Garden Wall Special is right on time for introducing us to this crazy world.
In case you’ve never had the hilarious pleasure of such previously mentioned shows, you might not be prepared for the wackiness ahead. This book is one hundred percent complete nonsensical fun that’s almost impossible to describe. At the core of it, the story follows a pair of brothers traveling through an average looking forest. Everything about the journey, including the characters themselves and those they run into though are everything but average.
The art style is once again something that immediately makes you think Cartoon Network. Appropriate to the likewise unrealistic story itself, the art is very much cartoony and fantastical. Even so, it still retains a level of artistic value, just far more on the whimsical side of things in the way of appearance. It’s a very different style, but good artwork nonetheless.
I’m not entirely sure where exactly this fits into the show and whether it matters if you’ve watched it yet. With the overall irrationality of everything I’ve seen in the comic, I doubt it does much if at all. The one thing I imagine you might benefit from is a potentially better introduction of the brothers and how this came to be. If you want a purely silly book to read just for the fun of it, this is a good title, otherwise many might put this in the pass category.
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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.