Comic Review – Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer

You might think you know how Pinocchio’s story ends: As a reward for his loyalty and heart, the Blue Fairy changes him into a real boy and he and Geppetto live happily ever after. But Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins will ask readers to re-think their conception of the little wooden boy in their new 128-page graphic novel fromSLG Publishing, Pinnochio, Vampire Slayer, available now.

Drawing inspiration from the original story by Carlo Collodi, in which Pinocchio remains a wooden puppet at the end, Jensen and Higgins imagined a dark continuation to Pinocchio’s story. Vampires overrun the peaceful town of Nasolungo, and the only one who is willing to fight them (and even believe that they exist) is Pinocchio, who has discovered that his growing nose comes in handy for impaling the undead. While avenging the death of his slain father, Pinocchio discovers the vampires have a deeper agenda than the mere sucking of blood.

It’s the usual story man wants son so carves son out of wood . Son goes off on quest to be a real boy and after a load of trials (and some wise advice from a slick talking cricket) he gets to live happily ever after with his father/maker…or does he?

I’ve always believed that sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best ones and  Pinocchio,Vampire Slayer has reconfirmed that belief.

In this comic from SLG the little wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy instead is forced to become a bad ass vampire slayer with a never ending supply of stakes.  You see each time Pinocchio lies another vampire busting stake is ready to hand, courtesy of his nose. It’s genius idea which could have gone so wrong but in the hands of the creators, Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins, we are treated to a fantastic action adventure filled with cracking one liners and some unexpected moments of drama.

The plot is pretty basic and some of the twists are fairly predictable but in a lot of ways that is a secondary concern as this comic is just so damn entertaining that you can’t help but be swept up by it. Here it’s more about the journey than the destination.

There’s not much dialogue in the comic but what there is which works well and produces some real laugh out loud moments.  There are some great comedic (and a few emotional) uses of Pinocchio lying to create a stake. The more wooden ammo that is needed the more random the lies which lends a frenetic pace to some of the bigger fight scenes.

The art is pretty stylised with a slight manga edge to it which may not be for everyone but I thought it worked well. I especially loved the really basic art used to do the original story recap at the beginning of the story as it sets up the tone for a dark tale which clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously.

What I wasn’t prepared for was some real moments of emotion in the comic coming mainly from Pinocchio and his feelings of being the outsider, forced to deal with a supernatural enemy that no one believes exists. He also has one particular moment of ruthlessness that really didn’t see coming and  set him up as one bad ass son of a birch(come on I had to get in one bad wood joke) not to be messed with. It’s clear that the comic is setting itself up for a sequel as there are a few dangling plots threads pointing at a much bigger destiny for Pinocchio.

Pinocchio,Vampire Slayer  is a great read and I highly recommend you check it out. Also the second book

GS Reporter: Nuge



  1. That sounds amazing, it looks like the kinda thing i would quote for days with a bunch of friends. I am defiantly gonna pick it up, if not just for some kick ass fights

    • geeksyndicate /

      It’s definitely worth picking up.

  2. Richard McAuliffe /

    Bought this book about 6 months or so back and absolutely loved it.
    Got a few copies for other people as well as its one of those little gems nobody much has heard of.
    Cool as hell book

    • geeksyndicate /

      yeah I loved it and I know have a preview copy of volume 2 to read now and I can’t wait!

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