Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Undergrounds: Everything Exhumed Graphic Novel Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By James Ninness, Marcel Losada, Michael Drace Fountain, Joe Pezzula,  DW Johnson, Shannon Forrey, Ryan Darrow and Eric Jennings
Art By Daniel Touchet
Cover By Daniel Touchet

Genre
Comedy

Synopsis

Collecting both hilarious seasons of the cult webcomic! What happens when monsters get day jobs? Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Mummy, Wolfman, Van Helsing, Azazel, Rob-Ott, and Zombies all find themselves in the employ of a coffee shop and then a life insurance agency. Macabre mayhem ensues as customer service takes a backseat to more feral needs...

Review

I had heard many good things about a comic strip called 'The Undergrounds' but had never gotten around to checking it out.

I'm glad I did, I've not laughed that much for a long time while reading a collection like this.  In fact, it was an absolute riot.

The strips are all interconnected via the adventures they have in a coffee shop and then working in an insurance agency.  However these people aren't just any normal person.  These are monsters and things best described as 'going bump in the night'.

You have Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Angel of Death, Van Helsing and many more here all present and accounted for but these aren't the versions that you would remember.  I'm not going to ruin it for you by describing them for you here but they are very well written and absolutely hilarious.

Thanks to the various writers that created these wonderful characters, the humor ranges from straight slapstick to biting satire and that works incredibly well.  Even though each writer has vast differences in styles, these strips still work together.

However, it's the superb art work by Daniel Touchet that binds them all together.  The way he's drawn these characters is done in such a way that you can just feel their personalities fly off of the page without even using the dialogue, it's that good.

This is definitely a collection that is well worth picking up.  If you haven't had a chance to check them out, then do.  It's a hilarious and biting comedy series that I couldn't put down.  In fact, I sat and read it all in one sitting then wanted to read it again.

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

'The Undergrounds: Everything Exhumed' is available here

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