Sunday, March 18, 2012

Comic Review: Pandemonium (Chris Wooding & Cassandra Diaz)

(I couldn't get to the libraries yesterday - health issues - so in place of this week's Library Haul I give you a book review. Enjoy!)

Title: Pandemonium
Series: standalone
Authors: Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz
Publisher: Graphix (Scholastic)
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Genre: Comic Book, Middle Grade Fantasy
Content Rating: Middle Grade (violence, scary images)
Format Read: Hardcover (library)
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As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains. He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm. He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies...

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Art: Full color; Cute and comical.

Story: Not relatively original, but they do a really good job with it. Lots of humor, action, a little romance, etc. - it has all the elements a good book needs.

Characters: Fun and easy to love, even if they are demons.

Comments: One quick glance told me I would love this, and I did. Comic books usually bore me because they are either pure action or endless dialogue, but this balances both beautifully. In fact, instead of calling it a comic book, I would say it's more "American manga" masquerading as a comic book. Chris Wooding tells a great story (although I can't make it through his novels), and this was no exception. I really hope there will be at least one sequel!

Favorite Bit: Giant Pink Demon Cat! XD

Recommend?: Definitely

Last Thought: Hmm, maybe I'll keep it another week and read it again...

Scribble Rating
4 of 5 Scribbles

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