Review – The amazing screw-on head and other curious objects – Mignola
The amazing screw-on head and other curious objects
Mike Mignola (author, artist)
Release date(s): September 1st 2010 by Dark Horse (reviewed) – available @ bookdepository.com
format (107 pages, HC, color, English), 17.99 USD (approx. 17 EUR)
Synopsis: When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on earth, President Lincoln enlists the aid of a mechanical head. With the help of associates Mr. Groin (a faithful manservant) and Mr. Dog (a dog), Screw–On Head must brave ancient tombs, a Victorian flying apparatus, and demons from a dimension inside a turnip. This new collection of oddball Mignola creations also includes “The Magician and the Snake” from Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings, and nearly fifty pages of brand new material, all as weird and hilarious as the beloved Screw-On Head.
Mike Mignola needs no special introduction. One of the most respected author and artist of our time. Hellboy is a fantastic comic and the trademark of his career. Not to mention his other works. And this comic came out over 6 years ago and I still love to take it from the shelf and enjoy myself. You might have realized it from the intro here, I am a fan of this man’s work.
Amazing screw-on head and other curious objects consists of six short stories. Started as a idea for a toy, but turned out to be a graphic novel. The stories have robots, snakes, magicians, Martian invasion plans, in other word, you name it. Each story is filled with dark humor, full of charm and Mignola’s characteristic art (statues, machines, old Victorians look amazing). You can tell this was work just for him, since as a reader you swallow it story by story. The art is great, the humor is great, the feel for the atmosphere is great. I have no idea why you are still reading this review and not getting your copy! 🙂 Let’s not forget that this edition has sketches, concepts and story notes as extras.
Pros: Mignola at his best, fantastic atmosphere, humor
Cons: If you don’t like Mignola’s artwork (if such person exists), you might not like it
Conclusion: It is great to see someone you get used to, doing something differently. This is a book Mignola did just for him, and for me is one his best work for all of his fans.