Friday, October 23, 2009

Grumpy Old Monsters

Grumpy Old Monsters
created and written by Kevn J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
art by Guillermo Mendoza and Paco Cavero
99 pages
comic/graphic novel
San Diego, Calif. : IDW, 2009

     All the classic monsters can be found at Rest in Peace: A Retirement Care Facility for Mature Monsters with Special Needs. Yet none of them are at peace, they all miss the good old days when people were frightened of them. Now they are the ones frightened by the nursing staff at the home. Everyone seems to have forgotten about Dracula, The Invisible Man, The Hunchback, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Werewolf, Frankenstein's Monster, and The Mummy. Only young Tiffany Frankenstein, granddaughter of the infamous creator, takes time to visit them. On one of her visit's she breaks the tragic news that Castle Frankenstein is going to be demolished by the Van Helsing Corporation to make way for some high-rise condominiums. The monsters decide to escape from the rest home and help their friend save the family estate.
     A silly tale with mediocre art that is pretty much appropriate for all ages. A couple of unnecessary panels showing the monsters' apparent fascination with breasts means this particular graphic novel will be available in the teen section of our library and not the children's department. This probably would not be an issue at most libraries but I work in a rather unique environment where parents are a bit more offended. There are also numerous pop culture references that will mean something to adults who read it and make teens and children wonder. Not one I will purchase for my personal collection or even read again.

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