Tales from the Crypt #9 is Wickeder

October 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm 2 comments

Tales from the Crypt #9: Wickeder by Stefan Petrucha, Maia Kinney-Petrucha, Margo Kinney-Petrucha, Scott
Lobdell, Jim Salicrup, writers; and Diego Jourdan, Rick Parker, James
Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook, artists; published by Papercutz; 2010.

The Crypt-Keeper returns with his GhouLunatics for the ninth incarnation of twisted tales and peculiar parodies in this graphic novel.  Three tales are introduced by the Crypt-Keeper and friends in ghastly good humor.  The first tale is a sequel.  Because the parody of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was so successful, Glugg returns in “Dead Dog Dies!”  Celebrating his one year death day isn’t all Glugg thought it would be—zombies don’t do gifts.  Thanks to his one living friend, Crowley, Glugg may still have something other than dirt to open.  In the second story, nature takes revenge after an oil spill at an off-shore drilling rig.  “Kill, Baby, Kill!” pits big business, green advocates and a surprise avenger against each other.  Who will win?  The scariest part of this story is how close it hits home.  The graphic novel ends with the Crypt-Keeper’s friend, the Old Witch, presenting a play.  “Wickeder” is based on “Frank N. Balmed’s Wizard of Ooze.”  The story follows Dotty’s trial in the murder of Alfalfa, the Wickeder Witch.  All preconceptions are destroyed in this retelling of a classic story.

Because this graphic novel continues in the Tales of the Crypt tradition, readers will expect a bit of guts and gore with a lot of tongue-in-cheek.  All of that is served with illustrations that seamlessly shift styles to enhance each story.  Add text that delivers shocks and laughs simultaneously and you’ve got a fun read for older tweens.  Parody fans of all ages will find this a satisfying read as well.

For me, the word play was most fun.  The Crypt-Keeper’s puns were fairly obvious but still made me chuckle.  However, the witticisms in the three main stories often had me laughing out, (I apologize to the people sitting near me at library).  That wittiness is why I like this book so much:  I think humor is the best way to coerce reluctant readers into picking up books.  With the humor and terrific art, I expect many reluctant readers will be making friends with the Crypt-Keeper and his GhouLunatics.

I would recommend this book to older tweens that appreciate a little gross-out and a lot of laughs.  Reluctant readers should eat this up, especially those with younger siblings that love Diary of a Wimpy Kid or still put The Wizard of Oz on a continuous play loop on the DVD player.  It’s the perfect addition to the graphic novels in the children’s department at the public library.

More information about the book is available from the publisher at http://www.papercutz.com/crypt/cryptgn9_moreinfo.html.  The Tales from the Crypt series is also represented online at http://www.papercutz.com/tc/tc.html.

(Note: A free copy of this book was provided by the book’s publicist for me to review for Stories for Children Magazine. I include the review here.  Please note that all books I review for Stories for Children Magazine are donated to a local tutoring program for homeless and marginalized families.)


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sophia  |  January 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    were is dotty from i u never told us i red it 13 times to figure it out were is she from

    • 2. N Messmore  |  January 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      I’m not sure I understand your question other than to say that Dotty is supposed to be a spoof of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz….


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