Perhapanauts Annual

Perhapanauts Annual cover

I adore this series (and its creators), so I was thrilled to get an advance preview of the Annual, the first issue since the book moved from Dark Horse to Image. (Just to get my bias out of the way upfront.) It’s an extended 32-page story with no ads, due out February 20 to kick off the ongoing series to come.

The premise is the same, a group of paranormal investigators who are themselves paranormal. This time, they’re taking on the Jersey Devil, which under Craig’s pen looks like a horse-headed red dragon, quite impressive. Although he eats the doggie, boo. (I know, how predictable. There are at least eight people killed in the comic (not on-screen), but all I care to mention is the pet.)

I apologize, I don’t mean for this to devolve into a play-by-play, but that’s how this comic makes me feel. I am totally sucked in and along for the ride, enjoying the excitement and dying to find out what happens next.

I can’t wait to find out what MG’s story is — I have a weakness for the cute, strong, smart, silent type with a secret. I love Arisa, the telepathic team leader, because she’s a character that avoids the stereotypes that dog comics women. (And she makes a call-out to the WWF.) Molly’s a sweet ghost, Big’s a Buddhist sasquatch, Choopie’s a hoot… it’s a great mix of personalities and abilities.

Plus, it’s fun. I was laughing out loud at Choopie’s room — among the clutter is an Archie comic and a Skull Troll doll, which means it vaguely resembles my room. Except I throw my pizza boxes away when I’m done with them.

I was surprised at some of the secrets revealed among the characters this issue, but it also doesn’t stint on adventure. It felt like a really good episode of something like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, blending humor, action, characterization, horror, and astounding abilities into an entertaining, high-adrenaline read.

Find out more at the Perhapanauts website. An online copy for this review was provided by the publisher.

10 Responses to “Perhapanauts Annual”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Sounds pretty neat! I saw some issue of this in like a 25 cent bin somewhere, maybe I’ll pick them up for a try.

    BTW, meta point here Johanna. Is the “Read the rest of this entry” link your doing or some software update?

    I’m just trying to give you feedback here, and hope I don’t come off as rude or telling you how to run your site. Yet I find it kind of annoying to have to click the link and have your page load again to read your entire piece.

    I may be alone in that though, so :shrugs:

  2. Johanna Says:

    I appreciate any feedback, James. I was concerned about things scrolling off the front page too quickly, so I wanted to put more items there, but the page became unwieldy with some of my longer posts, so I thought “read more” made for a nice compromise.

  3. James Schee Says:

    No problem. I think I was really more annoyed at my internet connection being so slow earlier today for some reason. Most times it just takes two seconds to click and it loads, but earlier it just had the spinning wheel.

    It makes sense, since you and your contributors can post a lot of stuff pretty quickly some day.

  4. Derek Coward Says:

    I hesitated to buy this book, but I remembered your recommendation.

    Thank you. I really enjoyed it and I cannot wait for the ongoing series to start.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I’m thrilled to hear it! It’s a great, fun adventure and I hope more people check it out.

  6. Brian Says:

    I loved the idea of the Perhapanauts from the moment I saw the ashcan at a Boston convention way back when and the book has easily been one of my favorites since it first hit the stands.

    Truely the poster book for the “Best Comic You’re Not Reading.” Thanks for helping to spread the word about the ‘Haps

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