If you've never seen Get Fuzzy before, you're in for a treat: Already excitingly different from most cartoon strips, Darby Conley has managed to excel himself and produce some of his most interesting/cute/funny work in "Blueprint For Disaster",
Featuring the main story arc of the escalation of the conflict between Bucky and Mr. Squiggly (some of the funniest character-based humour I’ve ever experienced – it made me laugh out loud) this book only has one or two quiet moments (a Garfield-like rejected characters file – oh dear) that can be forgiven simply by having the wonderful French joke on page 73 of the same book.
Satchel is as innocent, as trusting, and er, as doggy as ever and manages to soften the strip making it far funnier and gentler, completing the main ménagerie a trios with Rob and Bucky. Rob still tries to have a life of his own (and fails) and would love to meet J-Lo, just he’s not thinking of the same person as the rest of us…
The art is as crisp as ever with lots of little in-jokes (similar to those wonderful bits Bill Amend slips into Foxtrot) including a number of Harry Potter inspired throw-away gags (e.g. Bucky has a Slytherin poster on his closet door). Sadly there are less of these than in previous collections, luckily the strong storyline makes up for it.
Possibly the best and funniest Get Fuzzy book yet and definitely the most complete due to the Bucky/Mr. Squiggly conflict. The book is worth about four and three-quarter stars, so we’ll round it up to five. Nice one Darb!