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Banana Sunday #2

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Root Nibot
Artist: Colleen Coover
Publisher: Oni

The words charming, "hoopy," "vootie" and "ginchy" just fail to describe the absolute wholesome goodness of Banana Sunday. If ever there was a book that needed to be read to be understood, it's this one.

Kirby, a normal girl-teen with a brilliant scientist father, escorts and mentors a trio of unusual apes. All the apes talk and exhibit extra-simian intelligence of varying degrees. To complete their education with a crash course in social skills, the never seen on panel father arranges for them a typical high school experience. Or has he? These monkeys though mum seem to possess a secret, one that Kirby knows, and school reporter Nickels wishes to find out.

This issue deepens the mystery of the monkeys through a doubly hilarious event involving scene-stealer Go-Go, Nickels, a truck and a butterfly. Warner Brothers inspired wackiness ensues, and the scene also firmly establishes the laws that govern the world of Banana Sunday. While cartoony, the laws of physics applies. Monkeys and people can be hurt. They don't just shake off any damage done in the next scene. This makes the monkeys even more unique and lends more impact to the cliffhanger.

The characterization deepens without a dependence on decompression. You can see in wordless scenes through Ms. Coover's deceptively simple lines that Kirby really does care for these monkeys. Her preparation of Go-Go's breakfast exhibits pure sweetness. Kirby in the story and through the expression of body language also very believably walks the tight rope between adolescence and maturation. The like-interest of the story in a very original manner asks Kirby on a date. He’s not a loser or a Zeppo. Nickels displays true heart and honesty that contrasts her curiosity.

The growth of character isn't only limited to the humans. Go-Go very cleverly in the opening scenes displays superior spatial knowledge. Knobby peels back his Don Juan outer layer to reveal insecurity. While Chuck who instigates the conclusion, combines his intelligence with a nasty form of wit.



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