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Rip Haywire Blows UP! Paperback – September 29, 2011
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My only complaints: This collection starts with Year 2. (Where's Year 1? I remember reading them online, so I know they exist.) It also has some minor yet annoying production issues - no page numbers, no author page, not even any writing on the spine - that feel strangely amateur for such a professionally-executed comic strip.
Otherwise, Rip Haywire's still great fun, a strip well worth following if you haven't tried it yet.
I've been following the Rip Haywire comic online for a while now and I absolutely love it. It's like a combination of MacGyver, Mark Trail, and well a lit bit of Mark Twain mixed in. And even though I can pop online and read this year anytime that I want, I love having a physical copy to take on the road, read in bed, or just share with my friends and introduce them to the greatness of Rip Haywire. Dan creates a well paced tale and really interesting characters. And his sense of humor is absolutely fantastic. The little quips that Rip and Cobra throw out at each other kept me laughing. And he does a great job of letting the characters grow and change (somewhat slowly) and I love seeing the evolution of Cobra's and Rip's relationship. My one small issue is that the collection dives into the middle of an adventure (carried over from the previous year) with no recap of what happened so we'd have to have the first book or pop online to see what was going on. I wish it just had a short little paragraph or a recap (or even the beginning strips of the adventure) just so that we knew what was happening.
This is a great book whether you're an old reader or a new reader. I can't wait to see what happens next and I look forward to the future adventures of Rip Haywire. I highly recommend this book and series.