A relic of another time — the author tells me that this was the last Zuda-branded product released, since the book was at the printers when the imprint was dissolved. That’s a shame, because it means that it will likely be overlooked and forgotten, and there’s some fun work here.

Celadore starts out as a Buffy-like story, with the soul of a vampire fighter (the kick-butt Celadore) transferred to the body of Evelyn, an 11-year-old in a coma. The cast then becomes Celadore-in-Evie’s body; Evelyn’s displaced soul, who hangs around like a ghost; Jams, Celadore’s Frankenstein Monster-like sidekick; and Sam, the crazy but imaginative neighbor boy. There’s a lot of action and humor, heavy on the latter, and plenty happening on every page.

For example, Celadore, even though she looks like a little girl, wants to head out on her own, without Sam tagging along. So to protect him from danger, she knocks him on the head with a baseball bat. Only he’s awfully resilient (a characteristic later explained in more detail), so she has to keep hitting him, all while yelling about how she doesn’t want to see him get hurt.

The second major story in this volume returns the kids to Sam’s home, where they try to sneak out and pursue mystical menaces, mixed with domestic comedy. Then it gets even weirder, with shape-shifters, genies, the Tooth Fairy, and a man-mesmerizing nymph. The pages can sometimes look too dark on the rough (not slick plastic, thankfully) paper, since they were originally designed for on-screen viewing. So get a good lamp and settle in for an enjoyable, satisfying read jam-packed full of twists. I didn’t always understand what was happening, but I’d rather see something with too many ideas not fully explained than something without enough.

There are some sample pages and sketches by the artist (including the Muppet Avengers!) at Grall’s website. (The artist provided a review copy.)

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