Title: The Griff
Author: Christopher Moore & Ian Corson
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 3 out of 5
Aliens have invaded Earth, and human civilization is in shambles. Steve, Mo, and Curt are three tough New Yorkers who’ve decided they’ve had enough of these lizard-dinosaur-like intruders. They make their way to Florida, where they believe they can hit these aliens where it hurts.
The Griff is a fun graphic novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously, despite the seemingly dire premise. The story is humorous and the characters keep things light. Though they are amusing, they don’t really stand out. It’s not clear whether Moore meant to satirize comic book stereotypes through Mo (the takes-no-prisoners hot video game chick), Steve (the skateboarder), and Curt (the tough weapons expert) by creating clichéd characters, yet these people come across as caricatures. There isn’t really anything to distinguish them from every other comic book character out there.
Unfortunately, the same holds true for the story. While the premise is fun and unique, there are few surprises to be found in the plot. The execution just comes across as dull. While the story is, without question, a fun, quick read, it doesn’t set itself apart from any other graphic novel. Indeed, I’m having trouble finding anything to say about it in this review because it’s a bit unremarkable. Though I haven’t read anything else by this author, I’ll admit I had higher expectations going in because I’ve read great things about his novels.
The artwork in The Griff is by Ian Corson, and it’s worth taking a look at. Corson uses vivid, bold colors and does a great job setting the characters apart. The depiction of the invaders is also well done. While the artwork is spot-on, the characters and plot execution leave something to be desired, and as a result, I’d recommend picking up one of Moore’s print novels rather than this graphic novel.