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Emily the Strange Vol. 1

By Rob Reger and Buzz Parker

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, partial color, $19.95

Dewey: 741.5 REG or FIC REG

Subjects: Comics and comic books, etc.

ISBN: 978-1-59307-573-6

Reviewed by: Publishers Weekly

Equal parts Edward Gorey and MTV's Daria, Emily, an icon to the Hot Topic crowd, is a walking brew of teenage ennui filtered through a Halloweenish, macabre sensibility and tons of red and black ink. Now she conquers the comics with a collection of brief but mordant episodes. The first deals with Emily's extreme boredom and her failed attempts at defeating it, like stitching the head of a rooster onto the body of a kangaroo, creating, of course, the world's first kangarooster, or interviewing punk legends the Damned in a cemetery. In "The Lost Issue," she visits Oz only to find Ozzy Osbourne in the ruler's throne and loses herself in a warehouse store-Lostco-where the free food samples ("Goat Pockets," or tandoori lint) turn shoppers into zombies. Much of the pleasure comes from the writing team's acumen for pun-craft: "Lost in Space" is a veritable cauldron of semi-bad puns referencing everything from Super Mario Brothers and The Matrix to Alice in Wonderland. Visually, the book is a feast of shadow and Lovecraftian nastiness while remaining just a bit cute. Disaffected teens who have already embraced the Emily empire to their sorrowful bosoms should like this fine.

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