Review – Fall Out Toy Works, Vol. 1: Tiffany Blues TP

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Fall Out Toy WorksThere’s so much I loved about this trade paperback.  Fall Out Toy Works does so much that’s come before, like Pinocchio, but modernizes it and gives enough of a twist to make it stand out.  We have the puppet that wants to be human, the maker who has a rather odd relationship with his creation and a lot of adventure and action.

A brilliant young toy maker risks his entire company for his factory’s newly produced android named Tiffany, but when he falls in love with his own creation and she has already been sold to the most powerful man on Earth, getting her back becomes his greatest passion and threatens to lead to his own destruction. Inspired by the ideas and lyrics of Fall Out Boy, Fall Out Toy Works brings the magic of innocence to life as both a toy maker and his invention set about learning the true secrets of life.

Created by Fall Out Boy, Darren Romanelli (Dr Romanelli DRx) and Nathan Cabrera, this collection also includes interviews with Pete Wentz and Darren Romanelli, plus a sketchbook section revealing the origins of the designs for the project.

The story by Brett Lewis just has so much I liked about it.  The story is familiar but the world and some of the ideas are so original and the ending is just heartbreaking (actually there’s a few spots that are).  The tension and fight for love is just a story I’m a sucker for, and this one delivers.

The art is fantastic.  The layouts and line art are by Sami Basri and Hendry Prasetyo and it’s beautiful.  A shout out has to be given to the colorists too.  Sunny Gho and Jessica Kholinne do a fantastic job.

I don’t even know how much I can praise the book.  It’s just a fantastic read and a story that tugged at my heart at times (I may hide it, but really I’m a big sap).  The ending is fantastic and story just solid as solid can be.  Overall, it’s message and look as to what makes some human is fantastic and an interesting debate.

This is an absolute buy and I hope someone’s smart enough to snatch it up and give it the anime spin it deserves.

Plot: Lewis puts together a beautiful story which just comes off as an anime/emo dream.  It’s Pinocchio meets Blade Runner and I ate it up.  It’s just a fantastic story that I can read over and over and wish I could see an animated version of it.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Basri, Prasetyo, Gho and Kholinne’s art and coloring is beautiful.  It’s an animated film in comic form.  It’s just so nice to look at and I found myself lingering on pages.  I love this art style and hoping I can see more of this team.  Rating: 9

Overall: I’m a sucker for this type of story, I’ll admit it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.  The tale is familiar but still touching.  The fact that this has volume one attached to it gives me hope there’ll be a second volume, but I guess I’ll just have to read this one over and over until it comes out.  Overall rating: 8.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 160 pages    Price: $16.99     Release: 2/2/11

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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