Saturday, July 4, 2015
author: Brian Lynch
average rating: 3.78
book published: 2014
read at: 2015/07/04
date added: 2015/07/04
When I was a kid, monsters were big. There were tv shows like The Munsters and these cool bubblegum trading cards called Odd Rods. They featured cars with monsters driving them. I even remember a few old Hot Wheel cars that took to the theme. 'Monster Motors' takes that concept a step further and actually makes the monster and the car all one item. With cars like Cadillacula, Frankenride and Minivan Helsing, you can get the idea that this series has it's tongue firmly in cheek.
When hotshot mechanic Vic Frankenstein buys a garage/junkyard in Transylvania, Kentucky, he thinks he will set up shop and show the locals what he can do. The strange warning he gets not to tear down the ominous looking fence doesn't warn him off like it probably should. Before long, he has unleashed Cadillacula who is going around destroying cars. When Vic's truck is destroyed, he rebuilds it as Frankenride and sets out to save the town. Except the book then seems to get sidetracked with the arrival of a Van Helsing relative and her cadre of monster vehicles.
I liked it ok, but maybe I'm not the prime audience. I get all the monster puns (and some are pretty groanworthy), but it felt like two thirds of the book was the forming of a team to then fight off a horde of zombie cars (called "zoombies" which wasn't the best pun, in my opinion). Nick Roche's art is not bad. It just felt like a good concept that ran a bit on the thin side.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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