Rating: 4/5 – A Raunchy and Offbeat Look Into the Lives of Monsters for Hire
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo
The Spookies web comic centers on a team of monsters whose job it is to ensure that things go bump in the night for all the unsuspecting, sleeping children. Despite the premise, which is akin to the animated film Monsters, Inc., this series contains “mature” subject matter and potty humor that is not suitable for kiddies. The web comic typically updates every Wednesday. There are plenty of published pages to read: http://www.spookiescomic.com.
What’s Awesome About It?
I liked the initial premise of the series and thought there was a lot of potential, but I’m also a fan of the condensed strip it has become over time with one-liners and zingers reminiscent of traditional Sunday comic strips. However, with its offbeat, raunchy, and sometimes offensive humor, this is definitely not something you’d find in a major newspaper! I really like that the creators stripped down the comic to its basic element and make no apologies about turning it into a device for fart jokes and off-color humor. More than once I found myself shamelessly laughing out loud at the inane shenanigans of the strip’s motley cast. I also like the art style, which easily lends itself to the humor while obscuring how uncouth the material can be.
If you’re looking for an all-ages comic to share with your child, this isn’t it. If you’re easily offended, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear as well. But if you’re a fan of bawdy humor with plenty of references to bodily sounds and fluids, then this web comic may be for you. The strip is amusing for this reason alone, but there are also plenty of great pop-culture references to set off one’s geek radar and an array of whimsical, almost loveable characters. There’s a very loose narrative that binds the individual strips together, but there’s certainly not a requirement to read them all. Just like any good newspaper comic strip, each update offers is its own self-contained idea and joke. Along with my weekly trip to the comic shop I have another reason to look forward to Wednesdays.
Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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