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4.0 out of 5 stars Kid Detectives Go!, 18 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Bad Machinery, Vol. 1: The Case of the Team Spirit (Kindle Edition)
John Allison's post-Scary Go Round strip Bad Machinery features a team of would-be detectives keen to solve mysteries in their home town of Tackleford inbetween double maths and PE classes.

If there's one particular talent that Mr Allison excels at, it's the ability to craft interesting characters to inhabit his universe, thus we get Manga-haired but sensible Shauna, loud and silly Lottie, chocolate-obsessed but brilliant Mildred, quiet but good intentioned Jack, optimistic Sonny and angsty Linton.

The plot, which plunges the gang into the mysteries behind the local football club, will have the reader keen to turn every page for every revelation. The dialogue has a sharp, witty zing to it with plenty of smart one-liners that guarantee plenty of laughs.

The artwork has a simple, crisp style to it with a wonderful use of cartoon colour. Allison has also cleaned up much of the artwork here from the original web versions with additional panels to enhance the story.

If there's a minus point, it's that the Kindle edition has been rendered in a locked aspect format - the landscape-orientated original artwork has been locked into portrait mode which means each page loses its impact at a reduced size. A shame as the format seems perfect for tablets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll return again and again, 30 May 2014
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Reading the stories on john's website scarygoround.com doesn't mean that you don't need to buy them in print - you do! Great quality print, a great luxury size, good binding - and I still would have bought and read until it falls apart if it was printed on crumbled toilet paper. The storyline is twisting, turning and intricate, the character are touchable and the humour is ... Indescribable. I love Charlotte, Shauna, Mildred, Sonny, Linton and Jack! They are the kind of kids I wanted to be ( and probably was - just in a much duller universe) when I was their age. And still do!
The best part in this story is the wife... You'll have to read it to see why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoever stops Lottie from lighting a small fire is allright in my books., 7 May 2014
Allison's The Case of the Team Spirit collects the first full storyline of his ongoing webcomic Bad Machinery. Even though the drawings are wicked, what really makes this an outstanding comic book are the dialogues - witty and eloquent yet in a perfectly natural flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, beautiful edition, 7 Jan 2014
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I've been a huge fan of John Allison's work for years, but never before bought any of his books. Bad Machinery, his latest comic endeavour, lends itself more neatly to the book format as it is clearly in self-contained 'cases'. This book is charming, whimsical and great fun, and it is a beautiful edition, with high quality printing and lovely image reproduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 3 Jun 2013
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Everything about this screams quality!
The artwork! The story! The humour! The luxurious size! The quality of the printing.
Buy it. Everyone will love it.
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