Pine Nuts Against Vampires: Better Than Garlic?
I'm relieved to see that Terrance Lindall and I are not the only illustrator and writer reworking old stories! Illustrator Dusty Higgins and writer Van Jensen have reworked the Pinocchio tale into a horror story for Top Shelf Productions:
Everyone's favorite wooden puppet may not be a real boy . . . but he just might be a real hero. When bloodthirsty monsters invade Pinocchio's hometown and kill his father Geppetto, Pinocchio discovers a new benefit to his magical nose: telling lies produces a never-ending supply of wooden stakes to combat the vampire hordes! Will Pinocchio be able to defeat these horrors, avenge his father, and save his friends? The critically acclaimed series begins here, as Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) and Dusty Higgins (Knights of the Living Dead) craft an addictive twist on the classic fairy tale.A reworking of this sort could grow horribly tedious -- one bald-faced easy lie after another for an incessant supply of wooden stakes -- or it could be done in quite a witty way. Reviews suggested the latter. I therefore bought a copy to read on my iPad.
Not bad, rather clever, in fact, but don't be misled by the colorful cover, for this graphic novel is black and white (as better befits its horror theme). Worth the $4.99 I spent on it even though (or because?) I afterwards dreamed vampire dreams . . .