Page 45 Review by Stephen
You are not going out dressed like that!
From the creator of the fragile, autobiographal comics CLUMSY, UNLIKELY, FUNNY MISSHAPEN BODY etc, the two INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS books and so much more, comes a sister title to DARTH VADER AND SON with Luke replaced by pretzel-haired Princess Leia.
Having played out most of the infant jokes (with considerable aplomb, though there are a few more here which only a daughter could deliver), Jeff swiftly moves to those difficult teenage years when being a single Dad proves problematic especially with a daughter in danger of dating. Alas, most of the gags are image-specific so quotation is difficult, however
Nothing is wrong, she tells Hans Solo, arms tightly folded and looking away. I just
Hans, arms outstretched to hug her, looks back at his prospective father-in-law enquiringly as if to ask, What does she mean? Is this what she wants? Darth simply shrugs, as clueless as the rest of us.
Then theres the age-old chestnut of getting kids to tidy their rooms. In my case it was miniature cars I used to imagine playing out my private Whacky Races: perfect for a parental pratfall. In this case its a clothes-strewn carpet. Also: clothes-strewn bookshelves, clothes-strewn bedside cabinet and clothes-strewn lampshades
AND NOW, YOUR HIGHNESS, WE WILL DISCUSS THE LOCATION OF YOUR HIDDEN LAUNDRY BASKET.
Once more half the humour resides in our cold, calculating, rasping and ruthless, obsidian-orientated, empire-eliminating egomaniac being reduced to a helpless parent, totally in thrall to the whims and wishes of his titular little princess who blithely interrupts his latest death-decree by hugging him at the hip (and so putting him off his sadistic stride) or, conversely, taking paternal interrogation twenty-two steps too far.
The second half of the equation is the familiarity: of Darth, for example, being as behind the times and out of date as all Dads.
THIS CONCERT YOU WANT TO GO TO
MAX REBO? WHAT KIND OF MUSIC IS IT, EVEN?
Its good, Dad, youd like it.
Hed hate it. And so do you.
However, my favourite cartoon this time round (its a book of cartoons, not comics did I mention that?) is one which I think we can all empathise with and dearly wish we had a Dad like Darth to dish out the well deserved punitive measures on our infuriated behalf.
I think its telemarketers calling
LEAVE THEM TO ME, I WILL DEAL WITH THIS MYSELF.
Let it be lethal.