Page 45 Review by Jonathan
can I ask you something? Is it true that you see
"Yes, it is!
"Even now, for example, this room is full of them! Three of 'em are singing on that shelf
and one is hiding behind the couch, a couple of jelly ones are on the ceiling
and there's a really big one called Bombo who can't stop eating
and there's a talking cat, too
but he never has anything interesting to say.
"We're surrounded by monsters
but I'm the only one that can see them!"
Yes, Zick probably needs a trip to the opticians as there seems to be that many monsters flying around I'm genuinely surprised he can see even where he's going! It must make reading comics tricky too I would have thought
Anyway, here's the publisher to tell us more about Zick and his peculiar problems
"Explore the world of monsters in this thrilling installment of the Monster Allergy adventure! Elena Potato just moved to Oldmill Village, but she's about to find out that there's a lot more going on in this quiet little town than meets the eye; Oldmill Village is actually an oasis for all kinds of monsters!
Zick, Elena's new neighbour, is a strange kid who is allergic to just about everything, but he alone has the power to see the invisible ghosts and monsters that live among us.
Together, Zick and Elena set out to investigate the strange phenomena going on in Oldmill Village, including a recent uptick in missing pets, a dangerous man-eating plant, and a sinister salesman who could pose the ultimate threat to both humans and monsters alike!"
So, spooky all-age amusing detective shenanigans then? Yes, indeed, that's exactly what this is! The unlikely pair of new chums set straight about dealing with the school bullies who are as amused by Elena's surname as they are Zick's allergies, as well as the myriad monsters who just so happen to be floating around causing mayhem, plus more sinister earthly-bound evil too
I really enjoyed this. It definitely has that same sense of daft that John Allison's BAD MACHINERY has, not remotely to be taken seriously, just enjoyed for the sheer nonsensical goings-on that clearly are going to keep mysteriously following Zick and Elena round and round from volume to volume. I note volume two has already been solicited for September later this year by the way.
Art-wise, it's bold and vibrant with more than a touch of whacky about it, which actually put me slightly in mind of the far more adult FARMHAND material from by Rob Guillory. This has that similar touch of always impending lunacy about it but is just very much more suitable for all-ages readers!