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Bad Island Paperback – August 1, 2011
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TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life.”School Library Journal, starred
TenNapel is a terrific cartoonist and in fine form here.”Booklist
TenNapel is an accomplished creator of graphic novels for kids, and this is sure to appeal to all those who love his most famous character, Earthworm Jim.”Publishers Weekly
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If you've read the book synopsis, you're probably thinking this sounds an awful lot like the TV show, "Lost", and - to a degree - you're right. Both stories are about a group of castaways stranded on an island, both have the main narrative frequently inter-cut with flashbacks, and both contain unexplained phenomena that keep piling up. In fact, one or two of the phenomena in "Bad Island" have direct parallels in "Lost" (although TenNapel is good enough to put his own unique spin on them).
It goes beyond that though. Imagine if "Lost's" storyline had been 100 % planned out from the beginning and had actually answered all the questions it raised - that every little bizarre thing was given an explanation. If this sounds appealing to you, read on.
If I were a betting man, I'd wager that TenNapel found the basic premise of the show appealing, but was turned off by how it was actually handled and decided to vent this frustration by writing and drawing his own take on the concept. Granted, since this was his own take, this means a lot more monsters and a lot less humans...it's still a Doug TenNapel comic, after all.
If there is a sticking point (and sadly, there is), it's the characters; or rather, one set of characters. The story is actually two stories that intertwine at the very end: the main story and a subplot told in flashbacks. The characters from the subplot are very good, although they really don't take up much of the book. The characters from the main story, on the other hand, are a little on the...lacking side.Read more ›
Okay. Here comes the tough part of the review. The part where I try to summarize the plot. Bear with me now. Two planets. Two rebellious sons. In a distant universe a battle wages. Giant creatures have secured the freedom of a relatively tiny species that they allow to live on their very skin. The giants rely on these people to operate their battle armor and other internal mechanics, which is a good thing since the tiny people's previous hosts have returned to reclaim their slaves. The son of the king of the giants is determined to fight as well, but his efforts lead only to his capture at the hands of the enemy and banishment to a far away world.Read more ›
I'm bringing this up because Dog Tennapel's work not only picks a side in this battle of pacing, it pushes the boundaries much further than I've seen in a long time. Tennapel's condensed storytelling in his new novel Bad Island makes the reading experience equally rich and frustrating as all hell. The first impression I got when reading through the comic was that everything was new and fresh. Character designs, plotlines, dialogue; it all seemed exciting and rife with interesting story opportunities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing and art were solid, but that story arc was simplistic, didn't have a satisfying ending, and felt both obvious and incomplete.Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Seater
I am a huge fan of Doug TenNapel. I own many of his previous works (Creature Tech, Earthboy Jacobus, Tommysaurus Rex, Black Cherry, and Iron West). Read morePublished 3 months ago by JCS - GA
The story is a fun adventure but the art is the real hero here. The style is something you don't want to miss!Published 3 months ago by Brandt Woods
Couldn't put it down. Doug TenNapel at his best. Great characters, mystery, lots of action, excellent artwork, fantastic ending,leaves you wanting more.Published 9 months ago by O-boy
This book is really great. I would even recommended it to my fellow friends and people who like graphic novels this is one of the best because it has no second one so you don't... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Likes To Cook_44
Mr. TenNapel continues to weave action, adventure, love and sweetness, with a side helping of flat out eccentricity, into a cozy, snugly quilt of goodness. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cdr219
This book is awful. Let's start with the plot. The synopsis made Reese seem like the main character. The book didn't make him stand out at all. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lily C. Baker