Review by Win Wiacek
Here’s a dark gem sadly overlooked by the greater reading public when it first came out in 2010.
Ripley Plimt is a bright lad with a hobby. Ever since he can remember he has adored classic monster movies. He’s an absolute expert on trivia, minutiae and lore. Now he’s eleven and all grown up he’s come to one inescapable conclusion… it’s all true!
When the kind-hearted lad mends a little bat’s broken wing one night it changes his life forever. Bitten by the fixing bug (but not the bat – that would be ungracious) little Rip applies his unsuspected new skills to repairing the mouldering zombie corpse that shows up later. It’s with the understanding and grudging approval of his parents and Uncle Will.
Soon needy werewolves, protoplasmic blobs and ghost cats are all turning up to complicate the creepy kid’s life. The only real flies in the ointment are repulsive mortal kids Pretoria and Stanley DeMann, who used to live in Rip’s house and are prepared to go to extraordinary, murderous lengths to force the easy-going Plimpt family out. Their millionaire dad is even worse, orchestrating a campaign of very human terror to get his way, almost driving Rip to abandon his unconventional dreams. However, the unscrupulous autocrat has some dark secrets of his own and Limbo the dead cat and a pretty little vampire girl know how best to exploit them.
Writer, artist, producer, designer and Emmy® Award-winning animator Mitch Schauer’s imagination is responsible for Rip M.D., his pencils inked by comics veteran Mike Vosburg, who won his own Emmy® for directing Spawn cartoons and was chief storyboard artist for the Narnia movie franchise as well as dozens of movies and shows you’ve loved over the years.
With painted colour effects from Lesse and Justin Yamaguchi, and including a wonderful developmental art section, this spectacular, spooktacular romp is a fabulously punchy, action-packed, wickedly funny treat for kids of all ages primed to leave every reader voraciously hungry for more.