Over the Garden Wall 2017 Special #1

Wirt and Greg try to take a shortcut in the Unknown with some unexpected consequences.

Wait, isn’t that basically what happens all the time in these books? This is one of those titles that while I haven’t read a whole lot of, has been generally so so for me. Now, that’s not to say that there isn’t an audience out there for it, especially given that they’re still releasing content. Once again, I went into this wacky title hoping for something good in the Over the Garden Wall 2017 Special.

I’ve probably overused the term nonsensical when relating to this series by now, but I feel like it’s the best way to describe it. All three stories for this new special are based in the same world and the silly travels of the brothers Wirt and Greg. The first and the third admittedly were not of much interest for me, and it’s probably because I just don’t get Over the Garden Wall. Much to my surprise though, I found myself liking the second story quite a bit. Now while it does have some silliness in it, overall it actually is a bit darker and the story behind it is really interesting.

Each of the tales in this collection are switched up with different artists taking on the work. The first is fairly close to what I recall seeing in the books I’ve read so far, just a little looser. Book two was my favorite style of the three, and one I’d like to see more of regardless of the title it was in. The final was in contrast my least favorite, with a flat toned look you’d find in children’s books, which I suppose is appropriate here.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done anything with this series and sadly not much has changed. The second book definitely helped me to not completely be disinterested, but all in all I just don’t find myself as a fan of them. Once again, I’d say that this is likely only going to be worthwhile to people who like the show, but otherwise, leave it on the shelf for those folks.

For more on Over the Garden Wall or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

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.

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