Mr. Crypt #1
Written by: Troy Vevasis
Art by: Aleksandar Jovic
Published by: Alterna Comics

Mr. Crypt is definitely a book I would have loved as a kid. It has the Star Comics meets Looney Tunes vibe…but a lot less violent. Well Star Comics weren’t violent but those Looney Tunes sure knew how to shoot a rifle.

The story is very simplistic. At least the first issue is. A skeleton rises from the grave. He’s a very nice skeleton and he kind of just wanders around. He doesn’t remember who he was before he was a skeleton but doesn’t really seem to mind that fact. He just wants to go about his way and perhaps find a roof to put over his head…er….skull.

So the skeleton walks into town and is immediately called out by the townspeople who want to get him because he’s a walking skeleton. He decides to put on a disguise – a hat, a coat, and a mustache. It fools the townspeople and he is able to (mostly) walk around scott-free. Until his mustache comically falls off. Then he is chased again. For some odd reason he decides to call himself Mr. Crypt.

There isn’t really much of a plot to speak of. Mr. Crypt goes about his day being chased or trying to find food for his pet rat. He sort of ends up even getting a job – working for some nice old woman. Mr. Crypt is just happy to have a friend.

I assume that this book really isn’t meant for adults but I still had some enjoyment reading it. Again – this would have been the kind of book that I would have laughed hysterically at when I was eight (just like I did with issues of Spider-Ham). It’s quite episodic and, therefore, perfect for kids. An adult can read this to a kid and have a good time while not being forced into some massive story. Kids will enjoy it because the story is fun, the artwork is pretty great, and the colors are bright.

I kind of feel that Mr. Crypt should have shorts on Cartoon Network. Maybe Peter Simeti can make that happen.

Overall this is a wonderful book for kids and, as this is part of Alterna’s new $1.50 line of comics, you can pick it up and not spend a fortune. My grade for the book is going to be a B+ but I do want to note that I’m sure kids will give this book an A+++++++++++++++. Because it really will be that fun for them to read.  Mr. Crypt is the perfect comic book for kids.  Adults may find it just as humorous as well.

RANK: B+
KIDS RANK: A+++++++++++++++

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