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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-07-31 23:54
Subject: #280 Ursula Vernon: Digger, Vol. 1
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Ursula Vernon: Digger, Vol. 1

Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Sofawolf Press (21 Jul 2005)
ISBN-10: 0976921227
ISBN-13: 978-0976921226
Category(ies): Fantasy/Comic

A wombat tunnelling deep underground gets lost, and comes burrowing up through the floor of a jungle temple to Ganesh, where she emerges in front of a talking statue to the god. She soon comes to realise that she's somewhere so far away from home that she's a mythical (if rather irascible) beast. With some help from the statue, and the staff of the temple, she begins to try to work out how to get home again, but returning back along the tunnel would appear not to be an option, so she goes out into the jungle to explore. Out there, she encounters both strange and dangerous creatures.

This has both great art, and good writing. Digger is a delightful character, and there's a gentle sweet humour here too, though it's strongly story-driven. The fact that it's black and white rather than colour works well: the lines are strong, which befits the story, but not so strong as not to have some delicacy on occasion.

I bought it on spec, but I certainly have no regrets about buying this volume..
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