The Cobbler’s Monster

July 31, 2006 | Trades


The Cobbler’s Monster
Jeff Amano, Craig Rousseau, Wayne Faucher
Beckett Entertainment/Image Comics
$14.99 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)

In the summer of 1887, the citizens of New York City are living in fear of a monster.
It had killed men, devoured pets and made everyone fear the alleys and shadows.
The Cobbler’s Monster is essentially a fusion of Frankenstein and Pinocchio (heavy on the former) that takes the idea of Gepetto’s unwavering love for little troublesome Pinocchio and asking how far that love would extend to a monster that he loves like his son.
It’s a decent story, a nice blend of emotion and action – courtesy writer Jeff Amano and artists Craig Rousseau and Wayne Faucher — but there are a few twists that are a little hard to take,
As the old cobbler and his young accomplice Matthew confess to police detectives how they brought the monster to life, they bandy about technical terms that may be simple to the average B student in high school biology, but would have sounded like crazy talk to ‘ye olde N.Y.P.D.’
If you’re willing to take that leap of faith, along with the inevitable horror movie ‘why are they going in there if they know the monster’s in there’ moments, The Cobbler’s Monster is worth a try.

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