Friday, 18 March 2016

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie by James Kochalka Review

The Glorkian Warrior lets an alien suck his brains out because he’s a big silly billy. Then he talks to his child-friend Gonk about how his brain is in his elbow or something. They re-arrange furniture. An evil Glorkian Warrior called Buster Glark steals a box of crackers from him and… yeah, unfortunately this comic is garbage. 

The first Glorkian Warrior book was really nutty and fun in child-like ways but also written in a style that was engaging for adults, ie. it had a plot that developed. The second book is nothing at all like that and is written in a way that makes me wonder if James Kochalka let an alien suck HIS brains out before he wrote this! 

Maybe it’s because Kochalka’s a father and he wanted a character his kids could relate to but I hated the kid character Gonk who plays a big part in this book. He farts, he mispronounces words, he yells and yells and yells about nothing - aww, so cute. Let’s throw him out the window. 

Not that I expect a driving plot from a Glorkian Warrior comic but at least the first book had the semblance of one: he was going to deliver a pizza. Here he’s somehow doing even less! I don’t think Kochalka knew what he was doing, he just started writing/drawing and hoped it’d all make sense at some point. It doesn’t and it sucks. 

I still love Kochalka’s artwork and the colours are wonderful so reading this isn’t a total loss but I expected more after a great first book. The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie (which, to Kochalka’s credit, he actually does do at one point) is a disappointing and extremely irritating sequel - maybe really little kids would like it though.

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie

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