Crogan’s Vengeance original hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Chris Schweizer
Editors: James Lucas Jones & Jill Beaton
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $14.95 US
When this book was first released a few weeks ago, I thumbed through its pages quickly and initially didn’t think much of creator Chris Schweizer’s artwork, so I set it back on the shelf at the comic shop. The publisher sent along a review copy a short while later, and I’m relieved, because otherwise, I would have missed out on one of the most fun, well-plotted and quirky graphic novels of 2008. Schweizer offers an action-packed story full of charismatic and oddly charming rogues. Fans of the pirate genre, which has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, won’t be disappointed by this book. And that artistic style that I found initially off-putting? Closer examination opened my eyes to sharp, effective and colorful character designs and a style that really conveys the non-stop kinetic, fluid movement that makes for such an exciting adventure. Crogan’s Vengeance isn’t quite an all-ages book, but it comes close. Tween and teen readers will enjoy it, as will their parents.