I never heard of Wallace the Brave, but I was curious when I spotted this book over on Netgalley. The blurb and the cover did shout: “Read this book!” So I obliged, though I wish I hadn’t.
There were good moments, oh yes, there were. But sadly, it was also terribly boring, and it tried just a bit too hard to be funny, and failing at that. I got to page 40 and then I was already already looking at the page count and dreading the fact I still had 140+ pages to go before I was finished. And I so did want to finish this one, plus I had hopes that this one would get better (spoiler: no).
Also this just felt like Peanuts x Calvin and Hobbes. The art was definitely C&H, the story was a mixture of Peanuts and C&H. It just didn’t work for me. I love both those comics, but to see someone try to combine them and make something new? It just didn’t fit. It just didn’t mesh. It was just too forced. Just like the humour.
The characters were pretty decent, I especially liked Wallace and his family. I was happy to see that his brother was a weirdo, but not an annoying weirdo, like so many other little brothers are in books/comics. The parents were great, they were fun, interesting. Wallace and his imagination, oh good lord, that kid should write books/make comics.
I would have loved to see more of the town the characters lived in. We see enough parts of it, but until the map at the end I never could connect all these parts together in one picture. The map was a nice addition, though I feel it could have been more detailed.
I did like the fact the houses were all build on poles (I guess because the water can rise at any moment?).
I also thought this story took place in the past (like 80s/90s), but then there are some mentions which sets it firmly around this time.
All in all, I am happy that I tried this book. It wasn’t all for me, but there were a few fun things that I did enjoy.