Clay County GN
Writers: Bruce Brown & Chip Christell
Artist: Adam Mrozowski
Aliens taking over the planet isn’t a new concept, but a story where Earth’s last hope is a town of rednecks? Now you’ve got something! Brought to us by Bruce Brown (Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom) and Chip Christell (The Porch), and Adam Mrozowski, this is a tale packed with humor, action, and for some, real life experience!
The story begins with a bunch of rednecks at a local bar having a normal night of fun. At first, they don’t realize that the television broadcast of an alien is for real. One of the dudes then makes a comment. This is one of the funniest comments ever…”d@mn Teletubbies, get the race on, Jimbo”! That was hilarious, and several other moments like that are what make this book so funny.
Although, on the flip side of all the humor, if you really think about it, the characters in the bar that carry the story along with a “resistance” fighter, are very real in the sense that anyone who lives in a rural area probably knows a few of these types. Seriously, though, the characters that drive the book are definitely believable, but also over the top at the same time.
The aliens themselves are a pretty neat concept. Their design is a typical alien life form design, but they do have these long tendrils that emanate from the back of their heads. The reason the aliens are on Earth, is because they found a fuel source called SF-92. The reveal as to what that actually is makes for some more funny moments, as well. Bruce and Chip do a fine job with showing the wacky characters, the funny settings, and the aliens’ motives for being on Earth. It’s a light read, but an entertaining and humorous one.
The artwork by Mrozowski is good, too. It’s not very detailed, but it does serve the purpose of showing what it needs to show in order to get a point across. The people look as you’d expect, complete with mullets, buck teeth, etc., and that adds to the humor, too. The majority of the colors are very dark and earthy. Greens, pale yellows, and light to dark browns are prominent throughout the book.
Overall, if you’re thinking about buying a humorous book that has some good old fashioned humor in it, then pick up Clay County. Just be advised that there is a good bit of language in it, so it’s definitely not for youths. Rating 3.5/5