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Dr. Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory
Article by Scott Tingley, March 02, 2008

I need a hook. Almost everything I write has a hook. Everything I enjoy writing has a hook. Well, lucky for me that this book is so full of hooks it might as well be called "The Tackle Box".

Do you enjoy advertisements? Would you like to buy a book dedicated to selling you stuff (other than the Previews catalogue)? Okay. How about a book dedicated to selling you stuff that will make you into a real man instead of the weak-willed Nancy boy that you are? Okay. How about a book dedicated to selling you stuff that will make you into a real man instead of the weak-willed Nancy boy that you are by letting you defeat the Moon Soldiers that are sure to "come knocking on your door"? Are you looking for a usually-reliable Moon Fighter or a nearly-good Robotic Man Servant? Is there a little country annoying you that you would you like to bend to your will (I'm looking at you Tuvalu )? Well this is the book / catalogue for you, fancy lad.

Thanks to Dr. Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory you can impress that girl you have been pining over since kindergarten. Who wouldn't be impressed now that you have your very own Walking War Waggon or Infallible Aether Oscillator ?

See what I do? Here I am reviewing a book and I'm 240 words into this thing and I haven't even started the actual review. No even a summary. Better late than never I guess:

Doctor Grordbort: inventor extraordinaire! He's got a gadget for everything! He's also the creator of a meticulous catalogue of weaponry. Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory is a thirty-two-page catalogue that chronicles a world where chivalry is not dead, advertising is beautiful, and ray guns look too pretty to be lethal. (from Darkhorse.com)

Imagine if all the mad scientists from all the comics you have ever read got together and put together a little catalogue of crazy weapons with manly solicitation information. If this was real and I was prone to believing what my spam email was telling me I needed (I can't be the only one getting them - you know what I'm talking about) there would be an order on the way right now. And if the catalogue portion didn't make me feel inadequate enough, the final ten pages of the book are dedicated to a comic infomercial staring the pith helmet wearing mad hunter, Lord Cockswain.

If you are nostalgic for a time that never existed or are interested in novel ideas for world conquest, Dr. Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory is for you. It is written and illustrated by Greg Broadmore from Weta Workshop , the five time Academy Award winning effects company and published by Dark Horse Comics. This is not a book I would hand to little kids though. Some may think that is a no-brainer, considering that this is a book dedicated to imaginary devices for killing people, but just to be certain: Not For The Little Ones. I would give it to my own 11 year old, and there is little in it that would be new for the average middle school kid. Heck, it is probably tame compared to what they are looking at that you don't know about. There are a couple of "Action Pin Ups" at the end of the book featuring a Princess-Leia-in-metal-bikini type lady, but that is as sexual as it gets visually. There are a few sexual comments throughout the book, but they are written using language that will make it hard for even you to decipher.

12.95 for 32 cardstock pages of hardcover mayhem. That may not be a lot of pages for the price, but it is beautifully done and not at all a quick read.

Full color, 32 pages, Hard cover, 7" x 10"; $12.95; ISBN-10: 1-59307-876-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-59307-876-8; Writer: Greg Broadmore; Artist: Greg Broadmore




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