Written by: Katie Cook
Illustrated by: Katie Cook
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Format: Softcover, 8 x 8, 64 pages, Full Color, $9.99
Reviewed by: Diamond BookShelf
Katie Cook's all ages web comic gets its first print collection in this volume, which features 47 strips along with backup pages from other comic artists. The comic stars Gronk, a young monster who’s not very good at doing monster things, and sets out to see the world beyond the dark forest where monsters live. She soon meets Dale, and after telling her story, goes to live with Dale and her cat Kitty and large dog Harli. From there, Dale begins introducing Gronk to the human world, mainly through geeky films, games, and misadventures in daily human routines.
Written as a series of classic four panel comic strips, Gronk offers readers many humorous fish-out-of-water episodes, whether it's Gronk trying to play with the cat tower, learning the true origins of bacon, or being introduced to geeky culture from Dale. In fact, many of the jokes reference pop/geek culture, but mainly well-known properties like Star Wars and Harry Potter (with some Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure for the older readers). With some touching moments interspersed with the jokes, Gronk: A Monster's Tale is a witty, fun read that both young and old can enjoy.