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Boneyard #25

Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2007
By: Ray Tate



Writer/Artist: Richard Moore
Publisher: NBM

Last issue of Boneyard completed a storyarc. So this is an excellent point to begin digging the humor and charm of Richard Moore's cemetery-set comic strip like comic book.

Moore opens the book at the gates to the Boneyard. Ineffective stone Gargoyles, which are incidental characters in the series, behave like Muppets as they discuss the curves on various statues. Follow the twinkling star trail, and the reader drops in on a gravedigger and a bizarre creature with a modern day vernacular that may have inhabited the planet Koozbane.

These first three pages lead the reader to our nominal stars: Michael Paris, human and Abbey, vampire. Michael and Abbey are in love, and in this issue, they give their feelings for each other more substance.

Their rapport can be felt in the witty, rapid-fire screwball comedy dialogue, but the running joke of Boneyard is that whenever they have a moment, trouble cannot be too far behind. This issue is no different. The cover gives you the clue, and it just gets worse from there.

Beautifully illustrated with precise black and white linework, Boneyard looks as good as the excellent characterization and the inventive story reads.



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