From Library Journal
In this creative partnering between the old and the new, Martinet (The Art of Mingling) writes contemporary love stories using the settings and illustrations from DC's romance comics from the 1940s through the 1970s. In Martinet's world, a 1950s story called "Loving the Wrong Man," originally involving an affair with a married man, might be rewritten as "Loving a Gay Man," for example. Others include "My Heart Said Yes, but My Therapist Said No!" and "Too Dumb for Love!" The collection is uneven, as some of the retellings work contemporary social mores into their fabric better than others. Still, this is a book with plenty of appeal for older teens and adults. A good purchase for libraries with strong humor collections. Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., MA
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*Starred Review* Martinet gave a grown-up gander to the romance comic books she devoured when she was a kid. Their artwork still seemed serviceable enough, but their scripts--in which slim, stacked, dewy-eyed ingenues always lassoed the loves of their lives, despite the wiles of bad-girl rivals--struck her as, well, dorky. So she rewrote them. What was "Stolen Dreams" became "I Hate My Hair" (our heroine has a supershort cut). "Love a la Carte" became "The Job from Hell" (the teary working-girl lead, one of a row of typists, moans about her boss: "Typewriters instead of computers! Why doesn't she just shoot us?!"). "Heartbreak," in which the love interest is first seen with his whole head bandaged, became "What Are You Saying?!" ("Mmph, mmph, mmph . . . ," in case you were wondering). In those and seven other stories, Martinet reacts to facial expressions, clothing, objects (like the typewriters), and even unusual colors in the drawings, which date from 1955-71, and creates hilarious, hip scenarios that view romance with the jaundiced eyes of experience and plenty of with-it wit. Mock advice columns, such as "Dee Pressen, Love Counselor," continue the stories' zaniness. It's just highly unlikely that any other book this year will be funnier. Ray Olson
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