Friday, May 19, 2017
Quirk's Quest: Into the Outlands (Family Comic Friday)
Quirk is a commander in the Crutonian army. He's tasked with the mission to explore and document the uncharted lands to the north of Crutonia. But when Quirk's ship, the H.M.S. Gwaniimander runs afoul of some menacing 4-eyed sea-giants, his mission becomes one of survival.
Now minus a ship, most of his provisions and half of his crew, Commander Quirk must rely on his skills to complete his mission and hopefully return home a hero. Sadly, Quirk's not the most competent of leaders and dissension is in the ranks. Plus, he's raised the suspicions of a crazed hag who may have kidnapped one of his crew. Thankfully, the pygmy natives of this region are immune to her charms and offer to lead the crew of the Gwaniimander out of the treacherous region and into presumably safer pastures.
The first book in the Quirk's Quest series was quite interesting. It read a lot like a child's version of Master and Commander- only starring what looks like members of Jim Henson's Muppets gang. I enjoyed what I read and I hope there's going to be at least a second book.
Amazon rates this book for grades 3-6 and I would have to agree with them on that. Several characters die in the book or at least get severely injured. Seeing Kermit's distant cousin get smushed by giant boulder might be very unsettling to younger readers. (Who am I kidding, that scene made me sad- and I'm almost 40!) Plus, that creepy old witch is pretty creepy.
An adventuresome read that breaks the rules of traditional children's graphic novels. This would make a great summer read!
Rating: 9 out of 10 stars.