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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593621760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593621766
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rjones2818 on December 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, it has the best title from the last year. I caught my eye and my library (where I work) bought it just for the title. The recap of the Italian Pinocchio is quite fun, and the story keeps you going. While the twist was easy to see coming, it was carried off quite well. The very ending gives the chance for more volumes, and tells you the Pinocchio won't be killing all of the vampires.

All-in-all, quite enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bren McAneny on July 7, 2010
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Reviewers that were upset because they saw the twist coming need to RELAX. It's a book about a puppet, that makes fun of disney, vampire cliches and TV storyboarding. Fun on pretty much every page, the comic mines the rich weirdness of the original story for comedic silver... wait, silver is for werewolves... but you get the idea.
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By S. Mahaffey on August 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Geppetto is killed by vampires! Pinocchio discovers that his nose is the perfect vampire killing weapon for his desire to revenge his father's death. Will he succeed in ridding the vampires?

The illustrations are in black and white which is perfect for this title. I thoroughly enjoyed the new take of Pinoccho's tale. His nose did make the perfect stakes for killing vampires. The story is "in style" for this time as vampires are a definite plus in stories.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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By Writer-type on April 2, 2013
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Traditional children's stories aren't for the faint of heart and Pinocchio is a perfect example. In this reworking of the original, the not-quite-real-boy finds a use both functional and funny for his ever-growing nose, as he seeks to protect his town and revenge his father's death. The series continues with even more storybook characters entering the fray. Aimed at fanboys, of course, the author and illustrator kept this reader chuckling.
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By SinceForever on December 27, 2012
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This is some Good Stuff. I dig the artwork in it, and the story has enough action in it to keep the fans interesting, but adds back story and comical antidotes to where is does not feel like some cooky Van Dam movie. If you like great goofy B reading/movies with some interesting back plot this is for you.
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Pinocchio Vampire hunter is a must buy if you are a fan of the following:

1. A good story that at times is dark but also at time is very humorous.

2. Have a love for the original Pinocchio tale .

3 Love good pulp fiction.
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If this was how Pinocchio was really supposed to go, it would never be a Disney movie. The beginning part of the book gives you the history on how Pinocchio was originally written, which again is no Disney feature. I never knew that Pinocchio was such a dark character, but it makes complete since. Why else have a wooden nose that grows back every time he lies, if not to snap it off and be used as a stake in vampire slaying. Yep. Makes sense.

The story is dark and twisted, but still has some humor in it. I like graphic novels that aren't focused on superheros and while Pinocchio is still doing some superhero work, it doesn't feel forced. The bad guys are simply that, bad guys, and the good guys are good. It's pretty cut and dry when it comes to that portion. I'll be picking up the follow up to see where the story goes.

Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
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Take Buffy, minus the angst and the smugness, add some more wood, and you get "Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer".

Like some of the commenters here, I had little idea of what this book would be about, other than my own preconceived notions based on the title alone (I'll admit, it had me rolling my eyes- I was ready for it to SUCK). But it was cheap and looked like it had good artwork, so I thought, what the heck and picked it up.

True, the story is simple, but that means the narrative never loses steam. There is actually a story here, despite what the title may simply suggest. It's not just panel after panel of action (that would be ironically boring). There are interesting characters (or takes on characters) and the hint of larger and more nefarious machinations, as well as slaying. Another highlight for me in the story is the use of humor peppered all throughout. If you like the silliness and darkness of say, Monty Python, you'll "get" and appreciate the laughs in this volume (thankfully, no real absurdist humor to make you scratch your brain).

Yes, the illustration is not like what you'd get out from your typical DC or Marvel release, but it's still quite good, and much like the simple narrative, gets the point across without getting too into itself. Don't let the deceptive simplicity of the artwork and narrative stop you from going through the illustrations again, as there is quite a lot of detail in them!

If you're into mainstream comics, you probably won't be impressed with this title, and if you're into "indie" comics, then this comic is a must buy. But don't let that factor alone affect your purchasing decision.

This is a dark, briskly paced and at times very funny fairy tale, which takes a well-trodden tale and runs with it, and is at least great fun if nothing else. And for the price, it's worth a shot!
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