Review: Gronk is a small, cute monster who doesn’t act very monster like. Luckily for her, she stumbles upon a reclusive human who’s more than happy to take her in.
The art overall is very much like the cover. A distinctive and adorable design with bright colors. Every character is distinct, even the woodland creatures, and some great expressions. I think what worked best were all the little easter eggs of geeky and nerdy goodness that the artist puts on every page.
As this was originally a web comic, there is the caveat that it’s not your typical graphic novel with a linear and obvious plot or storyline. The first quarter of it, is one narrative, basically setting up the premise of the webcomic, of why Gronk leaves and how she meets Dale. After that, the pages are pretty self contained stories and gags, with the occasional follow up. You get a slight sense of time passing with the obvious holiday pages. Along with the sight easter eggs, there’s definitely some quirky dialogue that’s geeky, and really does make the book enjoyable. At the end, there’s some explanation to how the webcomic came to be and some loverly fan art and fan strips to round out the first volume.
There are a few minor faults, causing it not to be a full 5 star. The volume ends suddenly, and while no cliffhanger is needed, there’s no sense of conclusion for a volume. While yes, the story is all about Gronk, we see so little of Dale beyond her interactions with Gronk, and only told in the preface what it is that Dale does that allows her to be secluded and work without worry from people finding out about Gronk. It’s a bit too convenient, even for an all-ages story.
Even still, it was a lovely and quick read, and suitable for all ages, though a lot of the geeky references will probably go over most kids unless they’ve seen the same media. I may just have to go and catch up on the continuing adventures of Gronk on the website. =)
Thank you very much to Netgalley for allowing me a digital arc of this to review.
Cover: The cover is cute and adorable, and definitely sets the tone for the book, in case you couldn’t tell just by the summary. It’s straightforward and pretty to look at.
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