Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer continues

For those of whom missed my initial review of this series, I strongly encourage readers to do so.

Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins have put out the 2nd part of their Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer series, and again I was impressed.

The book started off with something that initially is something I would be inclined to hate. It being a sequel, we are immediately bombarded with new characters, in this case, new puppets. Not only are they new, but they are an entire acting troupe. For those of whom know my particular love affair with “Hamlet” the fact that they were an acting troupe certainly helped me love them, but the first few pages did have me questioning Van’s writing choices again. Much like last time, Van proved his decisions were good ones. The addition of these characters is quickly earned by the writer, and mid-way through the comic you (and some of the other characters) are almost wondering how the first comic left them out.

Other than that, the comic maintains the dark and sinister look, and is balanced by the entertaining humor that is sprinkled throughout the new tale. The characters we were introduced to in the first, begin to develop more fully in this one, as they learn to deal with new situations. In particular, Pinnochio’s new dilemma, which you’ll have to read to find out, allows us to get to know more about him. I appreciated this in the comic, and look forward to finding out what happens in the third installment.

I think buying both volumes would make a great gift this holiday season. Especially for those darn kids who are impossible to buy for.


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