Comic Review: Moon Lake, Volume 1
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Moon Lake
Volume 1
CREATED BY: Dan Fogler
WRITTEN BY:Dan Fogler, Brian Holguin, Stef Hutchinson, Blake Leibel, Tim Seeley, R.H. Stavis, Nick Tapalansky
ILLUSTRATED BY: Brooke Allen, Tommy Castillo, Jim Daly, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Mark Englert, Josh Finney, Lizzy John, Scott Newman, Kat Rocha, Robbi Rodriguez, Jeffrey Zornow
Archaia Comics
PRICE: $19.99
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2010

As far as comic books go I’m not quite as knowledgeable as many of our other fine reviewers here at Geeks of Doom, but I do like to work on that whenever I get the opportunity. So when the chance to check out a wild and wacky comic from actor Dan Fogler called Moon Lake came around, I was excited to take a peek.

The comic is a collection of short stories, and when I say “wild and wacky” I truly mean it. These stories are completely vulgar and graphic and oozing immaturity, and that can only mean one thing: comedic gold.

From sex-frenzied monkey-peoples at a sex-frenzied summer camp the week before kids arrive to werebears and psycho-killer cheerleaders stuck in a sunshine and rainbows dreamland to a warrior woman and a dinosaur — they’re all in here.

Moon Lake plays much like a Creepshow plays, and sometimes the horror and violence is right on par with it as well. But it’s the amount of silliness and humor that really stands out and makes it worth reading. It feels like something any one of us would write with our high school-level brains, but delivered at a high-quality with an impressive presentation and some wonderful artwork.

Dan Fogler is known for his roles in movies like Balls of Fury, Fanboys, and the recent Take Me Home Tonight, but his foray into comics has been a success. But he was not alone in this endeavor, as you can see above. A slew of ultra-talented writers and artists joined forces to make Moon Lake happen, and this is one of the cooler things about Volume 1. As a beautiful hardcover edition, your eyes will be treated to a different style of drawing and coloring with each story, keeping things fresh and fun as you make your way through. I may not be the most seasoned comic book reader but I can certainly appreciate that kind of variety.

I for one very much enjoyed reading the many strange stories of Moon Lake, and I look forward to revisiting them some day. I also can’t help but want to see this one turned into a movie at some point — it’s been far too long since Creepshow and we’re due for some highly entertaining horror/comedy short story movies.

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