If You Go Down To The Woods Today: Bunny vs Monkey 2

You know it’s a good day when your post is 75% kids’ stories and 25% science.

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Also included: A sneak peek at my duvet cover

This was what the postie brought me last Friday, and as you can see, it’s also 50% The Phoenix Comic, which makes the haul at least 500% more exciting (NB: calculations based on personal enthusiasm rather than any kind of empirical mathematical reasoning). Phoenix Thing #1 was my latest issue, but it’s Phoenix Thing #2 I’m going to write about today – my brand-new, shiny review copy of Bunny vs Monkey 2.

I try to be unbiased in my reviews (as far as something based entirely on personal opinion can be unbiased, anyway) – but that’s difficult when it comes to The Phoenix, and particularly difficult when it comes to Bunny vs Monkey, which is, without a doubt, my favourite strip in the whole damn comic.

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If someone put Adventure Time and the works of Beatrix Potter in a blender, then added a large splash of Die Hard and the dafter James Bond films, the result would be something like Bunny vs Monkey. The story, as one might expect, follows Bunny, the only sane man (or, well, rabbit) in a forest full of eccentric, larger-than-life creatures. There’s Bunny’s nemesis, the megalomaniac Monkey, who was blasted into the woods as part of an ineffectual space programme and spends his time wreaking havoc. There’s Monkey’s ally, evil genius Skunky, whose inventions help with the aforementioned havoc. There’s Pig and Weenie, Bunny’s friends (or rather, the two inept and easily-frightened animals who Bunny grudgingly looks after). And there are a handful of other gloriously silly characters; Le Fox, Metal Steve, and Action Beaver, who are either on the sidelines or right in the thick of the conflict between the other animals.

It’s a cliche, but Bunny vs Monkey really does have something for every reader. Slapstick humour? Always. Impossible gadgets? Spilling out of every page. Unique characters? You’ll soon find your favourite (personally, I’m a big fan of Le Fox). Fourth wall? …Actually, it’s been broken so many times that it’s getting rather fragile – which, as anyone who’s read Footloose knows, is a surefire way to my heart.

Bunny vs Monkey 2 is another brilliant installment in a charming, witty, and very silly series. I’m now going to sign off, curl up in bed, and finish reading the second half.

 

Alice’s books are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Her webcomics, co-created and illustrated by Emily Brady, can be found at the Footloose website. Ally rambles about writing, feminism, and odd questions that cross her mind on Twitter and Facebook.

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About Alice Nuttall

Alice Nuttall is a caffeine-guzzling knitter who divides her time between Oxford and the various worlds in her head. She is the author of a YA fantasy novel, Spider Circus, and three webcomics, Footloose, Cherry, and Black Market Magic, as well as several short stories.
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