The March of the Crabs Vol 1

For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what does their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

A comic all about the lives of a specific species of crab is something I never thought I’d read.  This is one of those instances where the last thing you’d expect turns out to be a wonderful surprise.  I was really curious to see what the first volume of The March of the Crabs was about and was glad to find out.

This adorable story is predominantly about one little crab and some of his friends, their species able to move only in one direction forever.  As you’d imagine, this makes their lives boring and at times challenging.  They want to change their fate and begin a journey on figuring out how to go about being able to do something as simple as turning.  All the while, they actually are a part of what is planned on an entire documentary on their kind and how they move.  The ending is a huge turn of events (oh the joy of puns) to open up the next chapter.

I really loved the style of artwork from Arthur de Pins that we see in this book he wrote.  It’s like a cute, fun twist on art deco, appropriately hailing from his nationality.  In its simplicity it still manages to add such a large amount of life and feeling to the story.  I personally can’t recall seeing this in a comic before and it’s a welcome new visual.

This was far better of a book than I expected it to be not knowing the kind of tale that would be woven about little crustaceans.  It has a really good story with an emotional drive and wonderful art that has me now looking into Arthur de Pins work.  I sure hope to see volume two soon and would gladly say to grab this yourself and await the next one as well.

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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.

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