Sherwood and Orson should never have gone into that cave.
That day, a door was opened from our world into a dark and profane realm...and earth's destiny was changed forever.
In this demented future, whatever life remains on earth is oppressed by the evil shadowsmen. Only a gang of ruthless and powerful children called the Wrenchies can hope to stand against them. When Hollis, a lonely boy from our world, is magically given access to the future world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place he belongs. But it is not an easy world to live in, and Hollis's quest is bigger than he ever dreamed of.
Farel Dalrymple brings his literary and artistic powers to bear in this sprawling science fiction graphic novel about regret, obsession, and the uncertainty of growing up.
With its plot in constant flux and scant exposition, it's easy to get lost in the violent fever dream Dalrymple has concocted. But far from being a detraction, the book's untethered structure plays into its overall weirdness and elusive premise. The Wrenchies could be a band of preteen freedom fighters from a barren, postapocalyptic future; comic-book characters come to life for a nervous, imaginative boy named Hollis; or the twisted fantasies of Sherwood Presley Breadcoat, a disillusioned 35-year-old who never got over the childhood disappearance of his brother. Trying to suss out the truth is likely missing the point. The book is more like an abstract painting, insofar as what it evokes matters more than what it literally communicates. The plot and characters adhere to a dreamlike logic, one where interdimensional travel, arcane magic, complex quests, and explosively gory deaths are treated at face value. Dalrymple uses simple language to convey the book's nightmarish concepts and depicts them in lurid yet childlike watercolors that combine in a haunting, strange, and frequently stomach-churning exploration of human insecurity and pain. Ages 14 up.
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If you like Stranger Things you will LOVE this graphic novel. Unique, creative, mesmerizing, couldn't put it down. Love the artwork as well as the story. Farel is a one of kind.
If you're looking for a great read and you appreciate comic books then 'The Wrenchies' is all you need. Farel has lived in a world of comics since he was a kid and it shows very clearly in his narrative, characters, artwork and more.
Don't just sit there. Buy this book.