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Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer Volume 2: The Great Puppet Theater Paperback – December 7, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
This second volume in the series sees a vengeance-obsessed Pinocchio joined in his quest to rid the world of vampires and their mysterious, off-stage master by a troupe of similarly magically animated puppets. The vampires are themselves obsessed with Pinocchio and possibly in possession of information that Pinocchio himself lacks about the origin of the magical wood used to make the puppet. While vulnerable to Pinocchio and his fellow puppets' wooden weapons, the vampires have the advantage of numbers and the ability to easily convert Pinocchio's human friends into monsters like themselves. As allies fall or are converted, Pinocchio oversteps and is faced with the consequences of a marvelous but inconvenient transformation. Higgins's art does a nice job of capturing the story and creating strong characters. Although inflicting the current fad for adding vampires and other undead to the settings of classic works of literature may annoy some, the original Pinocchio was itself both fantastic and filled with nightmare fuel; this is one of the few examples of this new genre that is arguably justifiable. (Nov.)
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In this volume we are introduced to a whole new host of puppets. Initially I thought this was going to be a bit annoying, but the witty rapport the group has continues to keep the dark comic humorous. About half way through this one, I was wondering how the first comic got a long without them, and that was when I realized how much I liked the new characters.
Other than that, the comic maintains the dark and sinister look, and is balanced by the entertaining humor that is sprinkled throughout the new tale. The characters we were introduced to in the first, begin to develop more fully in this one, as they learn to deal with new situations. In particular, Pinnochio's new dilemma, which you'll have to read to find out, allows us to get to know more about him. I appreciated this in the comic, and look forward to finding out what happens in the third installment.
I think buying both volumes would make a great gift this holiday season. Especially for those darn kids who are impossible to buy for.