Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer

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After seeing Geppetto die at the hands of vampires, Pinocchio swears revenge in this darkly funny graphic novel. As the vampires plot the enslavement of mankind, only a one-puppet army stands in their way. But will a wooden boy and his endless supply of stakes - courtesy of plenty of lies and his elongating nose - be enough to save the day?

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To think, the perfect vampire slayer would be that of a famous story about a wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy. Why though? Why be a real boy? Life sucks, and you re handcrafted to kill vampires, ya dimwit! All he has to do is say, I m Batman. BAM! Wooden nose grows into a splintery stake, and SLAM! Right into the black, beating heart of a blood-sucking corpse. And that s about what PINOCCHIO: VAMPIRE SLAYER is, and with some good old-fashioned humor to it as well. One could argue it s a cross between BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and Disney s version of PINOCCHIO, edgy and full of attitude, but still traditional in the time period and character study. But it doesn t get too cute, as Pinocchio kills vamps good, and takes every humorous chance he gets in killing poor little Jiminy Cricket. To sum up the idea in a nutshell, I would say it s fun to look at, but cool to read. Intriguing idea, yes indeed. --Mike Fish - Fangoria.com

Even if you're rolling your eyes at the title, watching Pinocchio lie during battle to force his nose to grow so he can snap it off and stake vampires is just outstanding. And since the comic is set after the death of his creator Geppeto by vampires, and based on Carlo Collodi's original and very bizarre 1883 Pinocchio novel, it's much more than a one-joke story -- it's a weird mix of horror, comedy, action, and myth, and it's a great read. Indeed, Pinocchio's tell-tale lie detector makes for both some great comedy and some surprisingly poignant moments. --Topless Robot.com

Jensen and Higgins have crafted a sombre and thoughtful story that hopefully won t get overshadowed by the novelty ... --Pedro Cabezuelo - Rue Morgue Magazine

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This enjoyable reworking of Carlo Collodi's classic tale drops the magically animated puppet into a horror movie plot. After his maker/father Geppetto is killed by vampires, Pinocchio tries to protect the disbelieving inhabitants of his village, aided only by woodcarver Master Cherry, a greatly aged Blue Fairy and the ghost of the nagging cricket he squashed some time ago. As that last reference indicates, this is not the sentimentalized Disney version of the story; the protagonist of this book is one tough little puppet. Furthermore, although he's no Buffy Summers, as a vampire fighter Pinocchio has the advantage of a built-in wooden stake—as long as he remembers to tell lies at the right time. Jensen's script is clever, full of irreverent irony. But the highlight of the book is Higgins's b&w art that offers page after page of amazement. Swirling, whirling, jittery, skittery, the story dances gracefully from grin to grimace and back again. (Nov.)
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