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We start with an intro into Bills' life, listening in as appliances, electronics, and random grumpy things let him have it as he soldiers through his strange days. From a star-crossed toilet to a blanket that isn't ready to go to bed yet, Bill has to put up with a non-stop litany of gripes and complaints. After that setup we learn about Bill's job, (running a sidewalk hay stand that only accepts cash), and then follow Bill as he tries to buy an orange juice, (which he doesn't want but has to buy so he can use the shop's restroom and its more polite toilet).
At this point, which is fairly early on, you wonder where this could possibly go. Well, surprise, we then get a plot. SPOILER!! It appears that the internet is broken and only Bill can talk to it to find out what's wrong. Try walking into the "internet company" and explaining that.
No more spoilers, but you get the idea. Bill is an engaging, laid back, everyduck. He ends up with a sidekick who livens things up and opens up the story a bit. The ending is clever and sort of satisfying. And some of the panels are like mini-cartoons, and work as just quickie one-off jokes. The whole thing is an upbeat, cheerful, and appealing hoot.
I didn't think I'd care for the art, which seems simple and cartoony. But it actually supports and complements the action, and is more engaging and expressive than you might expect. There are some imaginative little drawn jokes and Easter eggs, but it still turned out that the dialogue is what carries the tale.
So, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a cheery laugh. That's not a bad thing.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Bill the duck only hears complaints from the stuff he owns. He goes to the juice store to use the rest room but is told he must buy orange juice first. When he returns for his orange juice, there is a four gallon orange juice. Bill refuses it and runs home. He decides he needs to move and live in nature. In nature, he makes friends with snakes. Meanwhile the internet goes down, then the electricity. The orange juice clerk goes to find Bill to get the internet to work again. Will Bill help? What is going to happen?
This delightful graphic novel is so funny. It gave me many episodes of laughter while reading it. If you need some happiness or laughter, this is the book!
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I wasn’t obligated to write a favorable review or any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
'Attack of the Stuff' with story and art by Jim Benton is an odd graphic novel about a duck with a weird problem.
Bill Waddler has a problem. All the stuff in his house talks to him, including his toilet. His other problem is his nightmares about being strangled by farting snakes. He doesn't have many friends, and his job working at the Hay Store gets weird comments. Then one day someting happens and Bill may be the only one who can help.
Somehow, this is the book I needed to read at this moment. It feels like it was written by a child, and I mean that in the best possible way. The characters and the story are just so weird. The art is pretty great for a wacky story like this. Bravo!
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Papercutz and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
I enjoyed the subtle ways that certain topics were brought to life within the story (e.g. self-esteem, success, loneliness, and friendship). This graphic novel has dream-like elements and can be interpreted in different ways. Because of the story's subtle nature, I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.