Dear creature

by Case, Jonathan.

Format: Print Book 2011
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Collection  Graphic Books

Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

When his first attempt ends... poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is love in the arms of Giulietta--a woman trapped in her own world. When she and Grue meet, Giulietta believes her prayers are answered. But people have gone missing and Giulietta's nephew is the prime suspect. With his past catching up to him, Grue must decide if becoming a new man means ignoring the monster he was.

Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Jonathan Case's debut graphic novel Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined!

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If the Creature from the Black Lagoon had paid homage to the dramas of William Shakespeare, you'd have Dear Creature, which features not only a sea monster who speaks in the Bard's favored iambic pentameter but also a plot that makes use of Shakespeare's unlikely coincidences and star-crossed romance. Resembling nothing so much as a smiley face with an exposed brain, the creature leaves the terrorizing and devouring of cheerleaders behind and begins an exploration of the non-sea world with his faithful crab companion in tow. There he comes across and falls head over flippers for a lovely agoraphobic whose nephew has been blamed for the creature's past crimes. All of this, naturally enough, puts the creature at odds with local law enforcement. The plotting may be a tad obscure to contemporary readers, and the creature's dialogue may prove an uphill battle at times, but the refined, high-contrast art is wonderfully accessible, with a hyperrealistic flourish that brings every sucker on an octopus' tentacle and every expressive crease in a human's brow into magnificent relief.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This exuberantly weird comic novel succeeds in fusing '50s monster movies and the works of William Shakespeare. Grue, the atomic-mutant protagonist, has the body of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the face of a Smiley button. He and his little crab buddies live by the beach, where they feed on hormone-saturated teenagers until the discovery of pages from the Bard's work, sealed in floating cola bottles, awakens Grue's dreams of poetic romance along with a knack for speaking in iambic pentameter. The woman willing to play Juliet to his Romeo is a middle-aged agoraphobe whose nephew is accused of murdering the missing teenagers. Case's b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers' doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort, the book is like Grue himself-unclassifiable but oddly charming. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Monsters -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Science fiction comic books, strips, etc.
Romance comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :Tor,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780765331113 (pbk.)
076533111X (pbk.)
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