Sunday, November 18, 2018

Reader's Diary #1961- Ashley Spires: Fluffy Strikes Back / Gordon Bark to the Future!

I began with Ashley Spires' Gordon Bark to the Future! the second in her P.U.R.S.T. Adventure series of graphic novels. I didn't, however, realize it was the second. But when the book began with the line, "It's all up to Gordon now" I began to assume there was an earlier book that left off with a cliffhanger.

It is a time-travel book though so to some extent gaps in my knowledge were filled in courtesy of visits to the past. However, time travel creates a whole other slew of complications and the plot was sometimes a bit of a rushed mess.

I also wasn't crazy about the scatological humor. I'm not offended at poop or pee jokes, and believe it's even possible to be (but not usually) funny. Here though panels of Gordon peeing or pooping just seemed thrown in. And when more panels could have been devoted to clearing up the plot, these scenes were just annoying.

Art wise, if your a fan of Spires highly stylized characters, you'll be fine. I think Gordon looks an awful lot like the way she draws cats (which also don't look like cats).

Not having been overly impressed with Gordon Bark to the Future! I decided to go back to Fluffy Strikes Back, the first P.U.R.S.T. Adventure. It's definitely an easier to follow, and funnier,  story though didn't exactly pave the way to Gordon's tale.

I will say, on a positive note, that I enjoyed Spires' experimentation with genres; spies in Fluffy Strikes Back and sci-fi in Gordon Bark to the Future.

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