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{Review} The Squidder by Ben Templesmith

{Review} The Squidder by Ben Templesmithby Ben Templesmith
Published by IDW Publishing on 2.10.15
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Pages: 128
Format: eBook
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I requested this graphic novel from Net Galley because a few of my friends checked it out and thought it was pretty good. They were right.

I found this to be action packed fun! I liked the characters and I enjoyed the artwork quite a bit. I found that I enjoyed looking at the panels more from a distance rather than up close. Once I got a feel for the artist, I knew in which few parts I wanted to zoom in to see the details. The artwork reminded me a little bit of Impressionist paintings. It all came together best when viewed from a little ways back.

The story was a little confused. I’m not sure that’s the word I’m looking for. These are some of the familiar themes that came to mind while I was reading: The Cthulhu Mythos (sort of obvious), Mad Max, Dune, (riding a behemoth squid instead of a worm),  Rambo (made into a killing machine, but now idle), The Terminator (sort of), and the Borg from Star Trek (hive minds and whatnot). Despite all that, I did like the idea of The Squidder, a genetically modified soldier designed to fight against the  invading legions of squid. I am interested to see where it will go from here.

Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and I found it to be entertaining. While not wholly original, I think it still has the potential to visit some entirely new places in the future and for this reason, I will be looking for the second in the series.

Recommended for sci-fi graphic novel fans, fans of Lovecraft and of horror in general.

I was provided a copy of this graphic novel by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is it.

About Ben Templesmith

Ben Templesmith is a New York Times best selling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award.

He was born March 7th 1984, in Perth, Australia. Raised as an orphan by monks & studied marine biology and design at UWA.

As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, The Squidder and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.

He’s also worked on Star Wars, Ten Grand, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Army of Darkness, Silent Hill and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, among others.

He does art for money in a strange & hugely lucky thing some would call a “career” & follows the Giant Space Squid. He loiters in Chicago with his amazing lady, Ashley & two very spoiled cats.

Reach him by email: bentemplesmith@gmail.com

Film/TV/Media Agent: Angela Cheng Caplan angela@chengcaplanco.com

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