Work Title: Decoy: Menagerie Part 2
Work Author(s): Courtney Huddleston
Penny Farthing Press
Hardcover $19.95, 164 pages
Reviewer: Lance Eaton
Decoy is not quite the typical alien. While he is short, green, and completely incomprehensible by humans, he has no desire to attack Earth. Instead, he forms a symbiotic bond with Dolphin City's rookie officer, Bobby Luck, and they become an unstoppable, albeit amusing, pair of crime fighters. This collection, appropriately named "Menagerie" includes ten different tales of Decoy and Luck's exploits. The stories range from a seemingly mundane walk in the park reflecting on Decoy's acclimation to Earth, to an over-the-top adventure to get to the ice cream truck in time, to a sincere introspective look at Decoy's early life on his home planet.
Twenty artists, including veterans and rookies, converge to deliver this unique concoction of humor, sincerity, and excitement. One might expect this mixing to create a semi-chaotic book that may scare away just as much as it entices readers, but under the control of Decoy creator Huddleston, who also serves as talent coordinator for Penny Farthing Press, the stories manage to build off each other and guide the reader. This also emphasizes the importance of story placement within an anthology.
Diversity with a universal ideal creates the dynamic and engaging artistic flow found within these pages. Artists use a variety of styles to depict Luck and Decoy's adventures and yet, readers can still easily identify the iconic protagonists. Robb Mommaerts, a children's book illustrator, heavily employs caricatures in his...