Monday, 14 June 2010

Boneyard (Vol 1-3) – Richard Moore (Graphic Novel)

 

Michael Paris has inherited a plot in the remote town of Raven Hollow. As he arrives, he gets to find out what a doozie that is. He’s basically inherited a cemetery that the villagers want razed! Why? It’s haunted with apparently frightening creatures putting a curse on the whole town! But when Paris actually gets to meet some of the denizens of his inherited headache, it turns out that they ain’t all that bad (the vamp, in fact, is quite cute) and maybe the evil is not where it may seem… Spoofs all the clichés of the horror genre!

My Thoughts

How in the hell did I miss this series – it totally rocks.

In the first book – Michael who likes to go by the name Paris is left a cemetery by his grandfather. Yup you heard me right – but this cemetery is not like any cemetery you have ever heard of, it has people or things that are labelled as people living in it and they are from one extreme to the next.

Paris ends up in the middle of a tug of war between the people of the town Raven Hollow who wants the placed flattened to the ground and the residents of cemetery who just wants Paris to give them a chance to prove their worth.

Things goes to hell in a hand basket when the sheriff takes matters into his own hands and the fire works begins in earnest.

This was a blast of a books to read.  I saw this peeking out at me in the library a few weeks and the style of drawing made me grab the first three in the series and the rest is a few fun filled evenings for me. The drawings are clean, clear and very crisp in the detail. The illustrator uses alot of dark colour and this fits in with the quite dark atmosphere of the cemetery.

The characters Moore introduces me to are irreverent, irregular and a whole lot of trouble all rolled into one. This is not for kids, as there is quite a bit of sexual overtones and the whole demon, hell, devil plotline might be something left for an older teenager to read.

This first book ends on a bit of a bit of a cliff hangers, as Michael and the team (although gang is probably a better word to describe them) still are not in the clear in regards to the cemetery and it’s future.   

Now that Belzebub has been dealt a blow, it’s the turn of the IRS to make Paris life hell. But then, a certain beauteous Roxanna miraculously appears looking to solve all monetary problems. Paris resists as best he can, even putting on a monsters boxing contest to raise money but the lures and the pressures... how strong can he stay?

My Thoughts

In book one the towns people and the demon it harboured could not get the better of Paris and the team – so now it’s the turn of the IRS to come a calling.

Paris finds out his grandfather had a hate hate relationship with the IRS and he now owes thousands and thousands of dollar in unpaid taxes and the taxman himself is demanding his pound of flesh.

Once again Paris is caught up in the drama of either hanging onto the cemetery which is home to a weird set of people who have come to be his friend, or sell and make a clean get away from it all and back to his old life.

Moore fleshes out more of the cast personal traits and I was laughing loud many time with some of the antics that they get up to. I love how eccentric Moore made these people, how they rub against each other the wrong way yet were tighter than knitting.

New blood is introduced in this second book in the guise of Roxanne and she brings out the green monster called jealously in Abbey one of the residents who has the eye for Paris.

Within all that drama – one of the resident comes up with a plan to have a boxing match to help raise some money and I thought those were some of the best panels of the books. The series is only getting better in my opinion. Glump devises a wondrous scheme to do a Monsters on the Beach special swimsuit issue to help the cash-strapped Michael Paris. Never mind that Glump is hiding a much worse scheme within the scheme! On a darker note, Roxanne shows her true powerful demonic self resulting in a potentially deadly showdown with Abbey.

My Thoughts

Paris and the team are not out of the woods in trying to save the cemetery, with the boxing match a definite bust, Glump comes up with a plan to do a Monsters on the Beach special swimsuit issue and oh my do the ladies get their kit on….

Quite a few pages are dedicated to the ladies showing their wares and the team having a fun day on the beach. The beginning of this book is not as dark as the first two books so far and it was a nice change to see the gang mucking about and having a laugh.

This doesn’t last long because  Roxanne a new comer to the town of  Raven Hollow finds them and no one believes her innocent act of trying to help Paris.

While the beginning of this book is quite light and fun, as it goes along it only gets darker, add in Roxanne showing her true colours and a battle royal ensue which leave Abbey(Paris love interest) seriously hurt, this is the most intense book so far of the series.

There is more than meets the eyes going on in this cemetery and Paris has no idea what to make of it – someone has it out for that place and they will stop at nothing to get their grubby demonic hands on it.

I am now off to collect the other set in the series…. Do check this out at your library if you can, it is so worth the read.

Click on the picture of the books to check out the buylink.

8 Speak To Me:

Chris on 14 June 2010 at 23:51 said...

I'm glad your random pick from the shelf was such a winner!

Erotic Horizon on 14 June 2010 at 23:53 said...

@Chris..

So am I hon - only another 25 more books to go, to get to the end of the series...
E:)

Kris on 15 June 2010 at 00:16 said...

This looks like a blast. Glad you enjoyed it, EH.

Erotic Horizon on 15 June 2010 at 00:31 said...

@Kris.

It was, or it is as I still have a few more books to go..

E:)

Smokinhotbooks on 15 June 2010 at 00:59 said...

I love the graphics ;)

Blodeuedd on 15 June 2010 at 15:49 said...

Lol, this one looks like a fun one

Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:05 said...

@K.C.

They are some of my favourite - Moore really does something special with these characters.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:06 said...

@Blodeuedd..

It is fun and I am still reading more of the series...

E.H>