Monday, August 9, 2010

Troublemaker: Book One by Janet & Alex Evanovich

Book Details
Troublemaker: Book One by Janet & Alex Evanovich
Hardvocer, 112 Pages
2010, Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 159582488X
Series: Book 3.1 in Alex Barnaby

Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker are back together and fighting crime the only way they know how by leaving a trail of chaos, panic, and disorder. Alex, an auto mechanic and spotter for racecar driver Sam Hooker, is drawn to trouble like a giant palmetto bug to a day-old taco. Unfortunately, she's also drawn to Hooker in the same fashion. There's no steering clear of trouble or Hooker when friends Rosa and Felicia call for help. A man has gone missing, and in order to find him Barnaby and Hooker will have to go deep into the underbelly of Miami and south Florida, surviving Petro Voodoo, explosions, gift- wrapped body parts, a deadly swamp chase, and Hooker's mom.

The graphic novel Troublemaker is the third in Janet Evanovich's Alex Barnaby series following two print novels - Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. I had no problem following the graphic novel without having read the previous books. The short character introductions were invaluable.

Troublemaker is wonderfully drawn. I enjoy graphic novels with clean lines and crisp colors over heavily shaded or unnecessarily complicated drawings and Troublemaker was absolutely perfect in that respect.

Book One of Troublemaker begins an exciting story involving voodoo and kidnapping. It was full of Evanovich's trademark humor and romantic mystery. The flow of the story story did feel a little choppy at times and felt short on words, even for a graphic novel.

Troublemaker: Book One consists of the first four chapters of the story, which is normal for graphic novels but may annoy Evanovich's print fans that are venturing into this media for the first time. Troublemaker: Book One is a fun read and is sure to attract many of Evanovich's longtime fans. It isn't quite as addicting as her usual fare, but it's a solid start and has good crossover potential.


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  1. I actually liked Metro Girl better than her Plum series. I may have to take a peak at this.

  2. I enjoyed this as well. Have you read Meg Cabot's Avalon High series? The second book(s) was in manga form, you may enjoy those as well.

  3. @carolsnotebook - I have Metro Girl and Motor Mouth on my shelf, but I've been postponing them in the attempt to catch up with the Plum series. Maybe I should rethink that.

    @Kristen - I have Avalon High, but haven't read it yet. I saw the manga books on Amazon, but wasn't sure it if was a continuation or the same story in a different format. I'll have to check it out once I read the book. I've never actually read any manga.