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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830341
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 18.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,033,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By geckoboy on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
This comic opus is a flash of inspiration by Doug Tennapel carried along with such vigour, pace and love that every page grabs you and screams: 'Quick! Turn the page! Keep Reading!'. In its essence a story about the zombified Dr Jameson, who has been resurrected by the Shroud of Turin to complete his masterplan to destroy the Earth with a giant space eel. Standing in his way is the meek Dr. Michael Ong, who works in a Government Research facility dubbed 'Creature Tech'. It is up to Ong plus a group of rednecks, symbiotic aliens, and a CIA-trained human/ insect hybrid to stop Jameson from carrying out his evil plot. But this is merely the bare bones of the story and it quickly becomes an imaginatively crafted tale of love, religion, science and fantasy all wrapped up in the classic Good vs. Evil vibe that fuels every piece of modern comic literature.
But this book goes from strength to strength with plot twists and turns that delight once you realise they've happened! This book is a refreshing change from the usual good guy in a cape stuff that usually masks a great deal of classic comic literature.
Don't let this gem go unnoticed and give it the respect it deserves! Rumours are writer/ artist Doug Tennapel, the creator of 'Earthworm Jim', has just signed a deal to bring this title to the big screen soon, so get in on the ground floor now or you'll kick yourself when 'Creature Tech' is the biggest Summer blockbuster of the future!
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My review is of the out-of-print first edition by Top Shelf, the current publisher is Image Comics with a 2nd edition. On my journey of reading TenNapel this title keeps coming up and being referred to as one of (if not the) best of this works, so I must admit my expectations were probably pretty high. I'd also heard this one had high Christian content and one of the things I love about Doug's work is his ability to put his Christianity subtly into his mainstream work. So I'll just come out and say it; this wasn't what I'd built up for myself, not my favourite of his (I'm thinking Gear & Bad Island so far, for myself, though I still have many to go). As to the Christianity, the Shroud of Turin is a big plot point so there are many Christian themes (including
loss of faith and returning to it) but the story is more about a Christian than about Christianity. Gear is much better on this level and so much more subtle. The story itself is major weird and wacky, just as expected from TenNapel. Truly humorous and laugh out loud funny at times. With a cast of characters including a giant slug, a symbiotic alien life form, a deformed love interest, demonic hellcats, a giant space eel, just to name a few, believe me when I say there is never a dull moment. Through all this action Doug never fails to bring his characters to life; there is the lovely Katie, with a deformed hand and eye that Dr. Ong falls in love with, TenNapel's usual father/son relationship is included this time though with Dr. Ong and his aged preacher father, and especially lovable are the redneck "Walmarts": Ed and Al. There are also several sidekick characters who are much more than that with their poignant storylines. Not my favourite TenNapel as many have claimed it to be, but still a great one, as I'm finding out at this point that Doug TenNapel just doesn't know the meaning of mediocrity.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom White on 26 Aug. 2010
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This is a very enjoyable sci fi comedy with lots of ideas. Worth checking out.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Comic Greatness 7 May 2003
By Joseph W. Annabi - Published on
Format: Paperback
The art in this book gorgeous. The writing is really bizarre, and mostly hilarious. I read this in one sitting while waiting to catch a flight, and it was one of the most enjoyable reads I've ever had. This was definitely the best comic for my dollar in 2002. The complaint I hear most often about it though, is that it has christian themes. Well, yeah, the shroud of turin is a christian artifact, so by virtue of it being in the story, you'll have some christian themes. On top of that, the main character has faith issues to overcome, but so what? You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy a story about a Christian. It's a well done story, and despite my lack of religious faith, I found it quite enjoyable, and laugh out loud funny.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The best graphic novel in years 18 Sept. 2002
By Blake Petit - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many people use the term "graphic novel" to describe any book-bound edition of comic-style storytelling, including collections of individual issues from monthly comics. Personally, I prefer to differentiate between these collections and original books, but no matter what definition you use, Doug TenNapel's "Creature Tech" is one of the best graphic novels in years.
The story stars Dr. Michael Ong, a former seminarian who abandoned his faith when he turned to science. Ong is the head of government facility charged with studying and cataloguing supernatural and alien artifacts and technology. What with one thing or another, Ong becomes bonded to a powerful alien symbiote and must use his new abilities to save the world from the ghost of a mad scientist who has a sinister plan involving the Shroud of Turin, a hand that can turn cats into demons, and a giant space eel.
It if sounds silly, that's because the concept really is. TenNapel shows incredible skill, though, in taking elements that could be used to create a weird, slapstick story and injecting it with genuine heart, emotion and action. You feel for Ong, his pastor father, the disfigured girl he used to persecute as a child and even the giant insect assigned to him as a security guard of sorts. Every character in this book has a dash of humor and a healthy dose of humanity that makes this a really great read.
The artwork is clean and effective, and the iconic style doesn't detract from the story at all. If anything, looking at the artwork makes you feel like you're actually reading the storyboards for a really great feature film that just hasn't been animated yet. Hopefully someone will pick up on this and make a movie very soon.
TenNapel also leaves room for a sequel, or even a series, and I for one would welcome it. There's plenty of backstory left to tell and I find myself intensely curious about elements that he alludes to -- even shows in full -- but never really explains. I'll be on the lookout for more work from him in the future.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Truly amazing work! 9 Sept. 2002
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Format: Paperback
I wanted to title this review "Why everyone with two brain cells to rub together should read this book!", but I guess that is a little lengthy. It is, however, what I think about CREATURE TECH.
CREATURE TECH is a story that is as fun to read as it is difficult to classify. It has elements of science fiction and horror and action and religion and romance (only a little, guys; don't be afraid!) and comedy.... and on and on. And yet, all of these _very_ different elements come together to tell a very engaging and powerful story.
Doug TenNapel writing and art work together to fashion a graphic novel that is unlike anything that I have ever read (which is, in itself, enough to recommend it). CREATURE TECH is a seriously thought-provoking, funny, and memorable work of literature.
Here's hoping that we see MUCH more from Mr. TenNapel in the future....
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Elegant and graceful, comic and inspiring. 2 Dec. 2004
By Patricia S. Martinez - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the freshest, most original graphic novels to hit the market in recent years - and apparently, it is going into its third printing.

Which is great news for anyone who has had trouble getting their hands on this singularly entertaining and thought-provoking piece of work. The comic moments are laugh-out-loud funny, the pensive quiet moments really make you think. The connections between people and how we relate are deftly handled. The art is expressive and evocative, even though it's highly stylized in alot of places.

As for the exploration of Christian faith, I need to stridently disagree with those who felt that the elements were either (a) unnecessary, or (b) forced. For the particular story that TenNapel wanted to tell, these elements were non-separable. The whole point of the narrative was Ong's return to who he really was, not who he decided he should be as a result of youthful rebellion and stubbornness. And the elements were not at all forced - they were elegantly woven in, carefully made a necessary and impactive part of the story. It is not ludicrous for certain scenes to be present, if they're part of the narrative, which they are. For those who find themselves wary of the description of this story as being overly religious or Christian, it's really not.

Where we belong in the world is a question that isn't the property of a single faith. It's part of our story - even if our stories don't include demonic cats, alien symbiotes, and giant praying mantii. ;)

It's hysterically funny and lighthearted when it needs to be, and tender and pensive as well. Definitely worth a read - or 3.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The single best graphic novel I've ever read. 14 Nov. 2002
By Alan Cerny - Published on
Format: Paperback
See, now this is how I like to be preached to. This GN, written by Doug Tannapel (he created Earthworm Jim) is about faith, flying space eels, a guy who can turn cats into demons, the Shroud of Turin, a kung fu symbiote, a giant preying mantis who finds his own inner redneck, the Great Honey Bun of Christ, the Two Minute Meatman, and a top secret government laboratory that investigate paranormal objects. This feels like it's drawn by Bill Watterson, and it reads like it's written by his creation Calvin. It's simply wonderful.
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