There have been many attempts at science humor over the years: The Cartoon Guide to Genetics, Darwin for Beginners, What Body Part Is That? None have been very appealing. The same can be said for Extreme Biology.
Most of the gushing reviews here seem to be gushing about the series in general. The series may well be fantastic, but this particular entry (which is the only book in the series I have read) is not.
More promotional than educational, Extreme Biology reads like an advertisement for Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter, who is given major adoration, including a frankly ridiculous two-page introduction featuring Venter on his yacht. Subsequent content is equally heavy-handed, with chapters on biotech darlings such as gene splicing, cloning, and genetically modified organisms. Then the book gets truly creepy. We learn that cloned organisms are produced "to keep 'pure' traits that might be lost in breeding," while animated synthetic life proclaims, "Boy, is evolution messy!"
British artist Simon Basher illustrates with his trademark style, and while it's true that "his characters fill the gap between edgy manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty" (as per his author biography), the appeal of his digital cartoons is fleeting due to their shallow depth and the fact that after sixty pages, even cutesy faces lose their appeal.
There are a few good nuggets here but they are almost completely overshadowed by an agenda which is oversimplified and distorted. Fellow reviewer Rachel expands on the propaganda objections. Her review is recommended; this book is not.
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]