Snarked is one of those All-Ages books that's truly for all ages. Pick up this book today!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Story by Roger Langridge
Art by Roger Langridge
Cover by Roger Langridge
Publisher Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $1.00
Release Date Wed, August 24th, 2011
It is impossible, in my opinion, to praise Roger Langridge too highly. Langridge is one of the most unheralded creators in the comic book industry today, largely because the bulk of his work is in the dreaded "All-Ages" category which is often dismissed by a large portion of comic book readers. However, Langridge's work on The Muppet Show and Thor: The Mighty Avenger featured some of the strongest writing seen in the comic book format in the last five years. It comes as no surprise that Snarked, Langridge's latest offering from Boom! Comics, continues his run of masterful storytelling.
Snarked is a retelling of the classic Lewis Carroll tale "The Walrus and the Carpenter." The Walrus, named Wilburforce J. Walrus, is a deviously hilarious scumbag who is constantly looking for a new angle to take advantage of others. His companion the carpenter, a dense fellow named McDunk, is his willing accomplice in his schemes, which range from stealing from a newsboy to robbing the local castle's pantry. Snarked is unique in that it features two villainous characters as the protagonists of the series. In the #0 issue at least, neither the Walrus nor the Carpenter display a single noble thought or action throughout the story. The "good guys" appear to be the two children of the missing Red King, Princess Scarlett and the infant Prince Rusty, who will probably be the Walrus and the Carpenter's antagonists in future issues.
Even stronger than the Langridge's superior writing is his art in Snarked. By employing simple, cartoony designs, Langridge is able to bring the world of the Walrus and the Carpenter to life in a universally pleasing manner that reminds me greatly of Bill Watterson's beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Langridge's panels are full of humor and emotion, with enough visual jokes to keep the reader entertained through multiple reads.
Snarked is the comic book equivalent to Disney's superior cartoon Phineas and Ferb. While geared towards children, there's more than enough humor and wit to please any reader who's looking for a fun, enjoyable comic strip. If you have children that can read comics, buy this book. If you know someone who has children that can read comics, buy this book. If you consider yourself to be a big kid, buy this book. If you're someone that doesn't derive entertainment from shock deaths and over the top action, Snarked is the book for you.
Review by: Christian Hoffer