Creature Tech

Creature Tech Good battles evil and the world hangs in the balance Resurrected by the Shroud of Turin the zombified Dr Jameson intends to finish what he started years ago destroying the earth with a giant spa

  • Title: Creature Tech
  • Author: Doug TenNapel Chris Staros
  • ISBN: 9781891830341
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Good battles evil, and the world hangs in the balance Resurrected by the Shroud of Turin, the zombified Dr Jameson intends to finish what he started 150 years ago destroying the earth with a giant space eel Standing in his way is Dr Ong, a would be pastor turned scientist who now works in a government research facility infamously known as Creature Tech Aided by aGood battles evil, and the world hangs in the balance Resurrected by the Shroud of Turin, the zombified Dr Jameson intends to finish what he started 150 years ago destroying the earth with a giant space eel Standing in his way is Dr Ong, a would be pastor turned scientist who now works in a government research facility infamously known as Creature Tech Aided by an unlikely cast of rednecks, symbiotic aliens, and a CIA trained mantid, Dr Ong embarks on a journey of faith, love, and self discovery All in a day s work at Creature Tech And, by the way, 20th Century Fox and New Regency are currently developing Doug TenNapel s Creature Tech for the sliver screen We ll keep you posted as things develop.

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    1. As an atheist, I have a hard time admitting it, but I really liked this story. Near the beginning, the science versus religion arguments felt forced and unoriginal, but the energy and optimism pulled me in, and by the time I got to the end, I felt grudging admiration for TenNapel's spiritual commentary. Lots of humor and bizarre but charming notes. There's a gratuitous twist of able-ism at the end, so beware that.

    2. While quirky and original, this book was also inelegant and unpolished. The storytelling was often awkward, with sudden breaks of exposition. The story didn't as much develop as it piled up on itself. This frantic plot movement was fast-paced when at its best, but just as often felt rushed and unsure.This continued in the characterization. Some characters were allowed to grow gradually, but others remained half-formed. The villain was so ridiculous that he was less a foil for the hero than a plo [...]

    3. I consider myself something of a connoisseur of TenNapel's work. And it's interesting to read this, fairly early, work after consuming his later kid- and teen-pitched graphic novels. It clearly took a while to find his audience. This one is aimed at, and stars, adults, but includes many of the traits of his kit-oriented pieces. There's a government research facility in a small town, charged with opening and cataloging a Indiana Jones/The Librarians/Andy Warhol trove of closed boxes. A spirit get [...]

    4. Not sure what to make of this graphic novel. It's sci-fi/horror/adventure interspersed with pointed but loving depictions of small-time life. It alternates between violence and surprising moments of humor (especially the occasionally grisly pun). Dr. Michael Ong is a cynical scientist whose job is, ironically, investigating supernatural artifacts. He is *not* thrilled to be back in his hometown of Turlock, where his pastor father and a bunch of evangelical hicks live and not much else. Except, o [...]

    5. Doug TenNapel’s Creature Tech is, as the title implies, something of a different creature when it comes to graphic novels. It starts off with bizarre monsters, mad scientist, and demons, but before it is over, it touches on cosmic reality and various responses of many people to meaning and society. Creature Tech isn’t one of those so-called “Christian” comics such as the late Jack Chick used to publish. Mr. Chick wouldn’t have approved of the aliens, the weird phenomena, the faux mirac [...]

    6. I have never been very fond of Doug TenNapel's books, although my daughter loves them. The art is interesting at times, and the overall stories are reasonably good, but his plotting ranges from so-so to awful. It is not uncommon for characters to jump from one position to another (thematically, not graphically) without any character development in between. Still, his other books all manage to hold together. The same cannot be said of Creature Tech. This book's plot borders on incoherency. It ope [...]

    7. Tenapel has away with these things. He's a great storyteller, with a strong absurdist sense of humor that never devolves his books into novelty (You start out going, Cowboy's and Robots? and end up saying Cowboys and Robots!). His art though perhaps rough is dynamic, but it's his skills as a writer that really carry him. I defy anyone to read about the short sad life of the Meatman and not immediately want to read everything the man has ever written. The one Caveat is Tenapel is very much a Chri [...]

    8. Creature tech as any novel Doug Tenepel creates just hits close to home, his art and story lines just appeal to me unlike any other author's writings I've read, and who wouldn't like sci-fye novel, with a giant praying mantis as the protagonist sidekick anyway? Creature Tech is based apon a secret United States research facility, where they study all the anomaly found and hidden from the populace. Such as Space Eels, aliens, Jesus's holy robe, and ghost. I'm not going to go into anymore detail, [...]

    9. I agree with Terry Mattingly (from the foreword): the best part of the book isn't the amazingly well-paced action sequences, or even the great way the father/son conflict is handled, but the single page images, the incredible still frames that are so powerful. Powerfully funny, but with a solid heart and a deep soul. HIGHLY recommended.

    10. Oh boy, what can I say about Doug TenNapel? Probably best known for his Earthworm Jim series, his books tend to float in and out of my house when my sons pick up his comics from the library. “Ghostopolis,” “Cardboard,” and “Bad Island” are all pretty clever but I’m not a fan of his Nnewts series whatsoever; overall, his work is imaginative and more than a little zany. TenNapel is also a rarity in the comics world: a politically conservative Christian who has written for far-right w [...]

    11. Before I go back to "A" I figured I would read some of the books that have accumulated newly (as they always seem to somehow!) upon my file cabinet over the days. I also realized that reading Aristotle while waiting at the barber shop was seldom productive, and perhaps a comic book/graphic novel would be more appropriate.So it came to pass that I read this book, which I picked up after reading the (rather disappointing) Manga collection, and finding TenNapel being one of two authors I really lik [...]

    12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS GUY! He is a amazing creative writer and artist, and knows how to tell a story with visuals instead of just saying what is happening. The comedy is on time, the writing style is flawless. Out of all of Doug TenNapel's pieces, this was the best one.

    13. Year of Pub: 2002Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, GAPublishers Weekly( May 26, 2003 ; 1-891830-34-1 )Set in Turlock, Calif a town TenNapel grew up near, this book is a farcical, sci-fi good-versus-evil yarn that manages to explore theology, alienation and social acceptance in a small community. It's the story of the battle between the abrasive good-guy scientist Dr. Ong and the resurrected Dr. Jameson, a malevolent 19th-century occultist/mad scientist who sought to rule the world. On [...]

    14. If you had told me that Creature Tech would combine a man's search for his faith in God, space eels, ghosts, aliens (including an alien Jesus!), demon cats, giant praying mantis heaven, romance, and a heavy dose of sass, I would've tell you that it's not possible. You just cannot fit that much stuff into one graphic novel and have it make any sense! Well, for the most part, Creature Tech makes sense and is a moving, fun exploration of Dr. Michael Ong's journey through life.Dr. Ong is the lead re [...]

    15. Creature Tech is like someone who manages to cross a highwire, not because he's carefully balancing himself, constantly making sure not to fall. He's the guy who crosses because he's doing it Roadrunner style: moving so fast that he's not even looking down. TenNapel just throws everything at the wall and somehow it sticks. It is absolutely crazy in the best, most delightful way to the point where it can be absolutely sublime. The book just has such unbridled creativity, but never feels self-cons [...]

    16. This graphic novel includes the Shroud of Turin, zombies, symbiotic aliens, hellcats, and hillbillies. Not to mention the 7 foot tall praying mantis. So color me surprised when it ended up being pretty boring. Oh, there's plenty of action scenes fighting crazy monsters. But the story didn't do a good job of pulling me in, and I found myself not really caring about the characters.The story was very disjointed, and the foreword does a terrible job of preparing you for the book. It goes on and on a [...]

    17. Oh God. This is one of the best Doug TenNapel books EVER!I've always held back on that last star with his comics because I really don't know if I'd read them again. I love TenNapel's work: His deep messages about family, love, and spiritual truth strike me so hard I'm left thinking about them for days and eventually give up--it's one of the reasons I've never actually written a full-fledged review for one of his books.But never has his voice spoken so clearly, and beautifully, about salvation th [...]

    18. By far, Doug TenNapel is one of my favorite graphic novelists and I was excited to dive into Creature Tech, one of his older books, when I found it at the library. Beyond doubt, I jumped into the book with strange notions of a world where anything could happen. A ghost is the villain of this book and has some hilarious bad guy lines with horrible puns and laugh out loud moments.The main character and hero of the story is the oddball of the town, which is strange for a town of oddballs. Dr. Ong i [...]

    19. Doug TenNapel is the knees of the king of bees. That pretty much sums it up. One part genius artist, one part crazed raconteur, one part philosopher slinging his wisdom in the culture-stained marketplace of Athens, and one part insane visionary. If Dr. Frankenstein stitched all that together in his creepy laboratory, he'd end up with something fearsome and amazing and freaky that was a whole lot more than the sum of its parts.As for Creature Tech?Read this thing. Please, read it. Even if you are [...]

    20. Creature Tech is Doug TenNapel's opus. Thus far in his career it sums up the best of all areas of his talent; the masterful storytelling, great art, and an understanding of how to properly use visual symbols to deepen a story.Creature Tech is a book about a man who has lost his faith and is confronted with truths that force him to re-evaluate how he lives his life. The setting of the story, the trappings that surround it of aliens and ghosts and space eels and the supernatural, are wonderful but [...]

    21. One of the best graphic novels I have ever read. TenNapel's style is to tell very dense stories and use wildly creative characters and situations to tell them. On the surface, this is a story about the return of a great evil and the hero's rise to defeat it. And along the way, there were little unexpected gems such as buried space eels in Tulare and a romantic love interest who is (gasp) a physically flawed human being. Beneath the surface, I found it delving into the morality of science, redemp [...]

    22. I would hold this graphic novel up as one good way to explore a character's religious crisis without becoming preachy and heavy handed in the delivery-- but still managing to keep from diluting the concepts too much.The story is about a pastor's son who rebelliously becomes a scientist. He has lost his faith and, on coming home and finds himself in the midst of Events involving aliens, ghosts, genetically engineered creatures and a maimed girl he used to treat badly. There is solid storytelling [...]

    23. This was my last TenNapel book, though he's had more since than he had before. It was at this point he seemed to have absolutely no problem pressing his (slightly nutty brand of) Christianity into his work. That I can do without.Creature Tech still has the wonderful, frenetic, dense art and truly bizarre story sensibilities TenNapel built his career on. The Christian message is threaded throughout, and is not entirely in-your-face, but there's no mistaking the intention of this book: science and [...]

    24. I absolutely love this book. Doug TenNapel is probably best known as the creator of Earthworm Jim. If you are familiar at all with Earthworm Jim, you can set your expectations appropriately for TenNapel's art and wit. What many people don't realize is that TenNapel is also an outspoken Christian, and he has a remarkable way of blending thoughtful spirituality into his work, in a way that's NOT preachy (a skill that is sadly lacking in most art that is in any way "Christian").This all being said, [...]

    25. This was Doug's second graphic novel and his first that was widely available, and his early career energy freshness and energy still comes through (though it feels funny to say this was early in his career when he had already made a name for himself by creating video games, creating Earthworm Jim, and illustrating album covers for Five Iron Frenzy).The story, a wildly entertaining concoction of science fiction, love, religion, and adventure, follows a paranormal scientist as he attempts to avert [...]

    26. Doug TenNapel. Kind of a head-scratcher. Hellcats you say?After reading later stuff of his that's more polished and audience-conscious, I was a little spoiled, and the black-and-white, more grown-upy looking, weird (non-logical) paneling of this were not as great as they could have been. But some of his monsters, and a lot of his battles, and the GIANT SPACE EEL were still pretty great.I think there was some Christian stuff in this book? I think I liked the final note of having faith in somethin [...]

    27. I think I like Doug TenNapel a little more with each book. This time, we're following a divinity-student-turned-scientist who guards a secret bunker full of unexplained phenomena. He has a symbiote attached to him, giving him a Doctor Octopus look. The villain is the ghost of a mad scientist with the hand of a demon and the power to transform cats into monsters, armed with the Shroud of Turin which reanimates whatever dead things it touches, who wants to call Giant Space Eels to earth. So pretty [...]

    28. Stayed overnight at a friend's last night and happened to find this graphic novel on their coffee table. Naturally, I had to take that advantage to read it. ;) It was a very quick, simple read, (which was good, because I was way too tired to follow something complicated). Anyways, using the word simple is not negative-this is one of the most bizarre story lines, but still so easy to follow, and most of all, it was pretty dang funny. Very entertaining, very interesting, very fun, and so, so odd. [...]

    29. Hilarious, reminded me a little of Atomic Robo and The Tick and Earthworm Jim. That kind of humor. I mean, giant space eel! Some really great characters in this book, a mix of god-fearing rednecks and logic-using scientists and god-fearing scientists. For the main character, the whole science vs. religion topic was important. The book got a little heavy handed with it, but there was enough quirky characters and hilarious situations to balance it out a bit. Overall, I would assume this was one of [...]

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