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Thursday, February 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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‘Tick’s Bizareness Adds To His Appeal

By Matthew Weaver Rogers

If you’re a fan of any superhero, don’t go anywhere near the Tick, because one sample of him will ruin any other superhero forever in your mind.

Don’t let that stop you from reading “The Tick” by Clay Griffith, based on the TV show of the same name starring the characters created by Ben Edlund. The Tick is one of a few superheroes who are as entertaining to read about as they are to watch.

“The Tick” begins with our big, blue, goofy hero waxing philosophical on a bus on his way to a convention. All the new superheroes are going to the convention to get a city to protect; the Tick walks away with a little gem called The City.

Once in The City, the Tick meets Arthur, an accountant who was just fired because the white moth suit he wears was unnerving his co-workers. The two team up to fight crime, which is abundant in The City.

Throughout the book, the duo faceoff against the likes of the villainous Chairface Chippendale, while running into fun superheroes like wimpy Die Fledermaus.

The Tick’s bizarreness adds to his appeal. Take the scene where the Tick moves into Arthur’s apartment, assumes it’s a secret superhero hide-out and nearly breaks everything in sight while looking for secret compartments.

For those of you who feel you’re too “mature” for cartoons, just check out this book! I guarantee you’ll be hooked on Edlund’s dynamic characters.

Let’s end this review with a final thought from the Tick himself: “You know, when a tomato grows out of your forehead, it gets you thinking. What do we know about anything? Life is just a big, wild, crazy tossed salad. But you don’t eat it! You live it! Isn’t it great?”

P.S. It’s really scary when you start to understand him…

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