Book Review by Aarene Storms: Zombillenium

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Zombillenium: Gretchen
(volume 1)
by Arthur De Pins

Zombillenium is a monster theme park staffed by real monsters: vampires, zombies, werewolves. There's a 5000-year-old mummy selling cotton candy and a modern witch selling balloons. Scary? No: hilarious!

Aurelian's attempt to rob a bar is thwarted by Gretchen the witch (who turns his gun into a banana, and the bartender into a goldfish) which makes the day bad enough -- but his day gets worse when he is subsequently run over by a car driven by a vampire and a skeleton. And then bitten by a vampire and a werewolf. But at least he has a fabulous new job at Zombillenium. Or, errr, maybe not fabulous.

Weird characters and goofy situations combined with cool artwork. The translation from French to English is clunky in places but I got sucked in (oooh, bad vampire pun, sorry). Eagerly waiting for volume 2!

Some cussing, some blood, some sexual references. Lots of dead stuff. Recommended for readers ages 12 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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