REVIEW: Vark Wars
Book Title: Vark Wars
Book Description: In “Vark Wars” we get a parody of “Star Wars” that is done in a style similar to “Mad Magazine” as we see Cerebus go from brainstorming sessions to opening night.
Book Author: Dave Sim
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Aardvark-Vanaheim
Illustrator: Dave Sim and Gustavo Dore
- Interior Art(3.8)
- Cover Art(3.2)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Vark Wars”. Small press publishers can be very interesting when it comes to parodies. They can be like the Wild West, openly and brazenly mocking everything. They can go for an approach that is a bit more subtle. Most of this book tends to be more subtle. There are some moments where being subtle seems to go out the window; but let’s face it, there’s no subtle way to mock Darth Vader.
“Vark Wars” is set up in four-panel strips akin to what you would find in the funny pages in the newspaper. Eventually, we get something of a plot going, but it’s constrained by the format of a daily strip.
The artwork in this one is very solid. In fact, it’s on a level that I wouldn’t expect to see in a parody. This has a level of quality that I’d expect to see in a title that is more sophisticated. I can also understand that a writer/creator/artist would want to keep control of their intellectual property.
“Vark Wars” isn’t the “Great American Novel”. It does not claim to be either. This book is definitely good for a few laughs. The $4.00 cover price is reasonable. As a geek on a budget, I have paid far more than that to see comedians that were less entertaining. Get yours and have a few laughs!