Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: Grumpy Cat, Vol. 1 by Ben McCool

Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring "The World's Grumpiest Cat" and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Grumpy Cat. I think her pictures are cute, funny, etc. I have not yet seen her movie, but I am a fan of hers. When I saw that she had a comic being released, I thought I'd give it a chance and see what was what.

The "storylines" are a bit childish. There are some segments that are kind of funny and the art is nice, very smooth, but not art art, if you know what I mean.

Each chapter is a different story for Grumpy Cat, so in that sense it was easy to pick up and put down with ease. A few of the chapters were slow and the humor felt stilted. It may have been that some of them would have suited a younger audience better and I'm not amused by all the same things anymore.

One of the problems I had was that the character of Grumpy felt really cruel at times. I understand that her face and her "grumpy attitude" are part of the brand of GC, but she's was a really horrible character at times. She tortured Pokey (her brother) and the dog (not sure of the name) and enjoyed them getting into trouble. I wasn't a fan of this kind of characterization and, because of who we're made to believe Grumpy is, there isn't any reason for her to move beyond this and learn something about how she's treating other.

This volume reminded me of a slice-of-life manga, so if you've found yourself liking that sort of comic in the past, this book might interest you.

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